1909 Milan–San Remo
The third running of the Milan–San Remo cycling classic was held on 4 April 1909. The race was won by Luigi Ganna, the first Italian to win Milan–San Remo. 104 riders started the race; 57 finished.
|Dates||4 April 1909|
|Distance||286.7 km (178.1 mi)|
|Winning time||9h 32' 00"|
The success of foreign riders in the two previous editions had made the race gain popularity. For the first time, more than a hundred starters signed up. 104 riders, of which 20 Belgians and French, were at the start in Milan just before six in the morning. It was a cold day and rain had made the unpaved pre-war roads very muddy.
Luigi Ganna had broken away on the Passo del Turchino, before half-race, and was subsequently joined and dropped by Emile Georget and Giovanni Cuniolo. In Savona, Georget took a wrong way – he said a clerk signalled him in the wrong direction – and was passed by Ganna who powered on solo to San Remo. At the finish, Ganna, a former bricklayer, was welcomed by an enthusiastic crowd and became the first Italian winner of Milan–San Remo. Georget finished second at 3 minutes, Cuniolo third at 18 minutes. For the first time, the speed average exceeded 30 km/h.
|1||Luigi Ganna||Atala-Dunlop||9h 32' 00"|
|2||Emile Georget||–||+ 3' 00"|
|3||Giovanni Cuniolo||Rudge Whitworth-Pirelli||+ 18' 00"|
|4||Cyrille van Hauwaert||Alcyon-Dunlop||s.t.|
|5||Giovanni Gerbi||Bianchi-Dunlop||+ 21' 00"|
|6||François Faber||Alcyon-Dunlop||+ 22' 00"|
|7||Carlo Galetti||Rudge Whitworth-Pirelli||+ 26' 00"|
|8||Vincenzo Borgarello||Peugeot-Wolber||+ 30' 00"|
|9||Omer Beaugendre||Alcyon-Dunlop||+ 38' 30"|
|10||Mario Pesce||–||+ 43' 30"|
- "1909 Milano - San Remo. 3rd edition: Sunday, April 4". bikeraceinfo.com. Retrieved 27 February 2016.
- "4 aprile 1909 - Milano-Sanremo". museociclismo.it (in Italian). Retrieved 27 February 2016.