There is probably no one who does not like to ride a bike. Therefore, in Europe, and in the rest of the world it is a very revered sport. And one of the examples of such popularity is the beautiful cycling race Giro d’Italia on the roads of Italy, which is more than 100 years old.
Giro d’Italia is one of the three largest in Europe (along with the Tour de France and the Vuelta). It takes place annually across Italy, usually in May-June. The first race took place in 1909. In addition to the main competitions since 1988, the Giro d’Italia for women and the Girino d’Italia for juniors are held.
Pages of History
In the conditions of a tough struggle for readers, the editor-in-chief of the cycling section in the Italian sports newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport Armando Coone, offered an idea to create a race for attracting subscribers to the publication. On August 7, 1908 Gazzetta dello Sport announced on the front page of its number that in 1909 the first multi-day bike race giro italia will be held. Thus, Gazzetta became the first printed publication in Italy, which created its own bike race.
Some Facts about the Race
Within the entire history of the race four people were killed on it: the first incident occurred in 1952, the last one – in 2011.
Only 3 riders won this race 5 times: the Italians Alfredo Binda (1925, 1927-1929, 1933) and Fausto Coppi (1940, 1947, 1949, 1952, 1953), and the Belgian Eddie Merckx (1968, 1970 , 1972-1974).
The smallest number of participants – only eight – reached the finish of the Grand Tour in 1914.
The record for the number of final podiums belongs to the Italian Felice Gimondi, who won three times (1967, 1969 and 1976), twice finished second (1970, 1973) and four times he was the third (1965, 1968, 1974 and 1975).
Miro Panizza is a long-lived rider of the race, as he started in it 18 times and 16 times reached the finish.
The oldest winner of the Italian race was Fiorenzo Magny, who rose to the final podium at 34 years and 5 months.
Most of the stages on the Giro for the career was won by Mario Cipollini – 42.
The smallest number of riders started in the race was in 1912 – 54. In 1928, on the contrary, a record number of participants started – 298.
64 times the race was won by the Italians, 7 by the Belgians, 6 by the French, 3 by the representatives of Spain and Switzerland, 2 by Luxembourg and Russia, one by the USA, Ireland and Sweden.
The longest stage in this history of the Grand Tour was overcome by cyclists in 1914 – 430 kilometers between Lucca and Rome.