The 1928 Giro d'Italia was the 16th edition of the Giro d'Italia, organized and sponsored by the newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport. The race began on 12 May in Milan with a stage that stretched 233.1 km (145 mi) to Trento, finishing back in Milan on 3 June after a 251 km (156 mi) stage and a total distance covered of 3,044.6 km (1,892 mi). The race was won by Alfredo Binda of the Legnano team. Second and third respectively were the Italian riders Giuseppe Pancera and Bartolomeo Aymo.

1928 Giro d'Italia
Race Route
Race Route
Race details
Dates12 May – 3 June 1928
Distance3,044.6 km (1,892 mi)
Winning time114h 15' 19"
  Winner  Alfredo Binda (ITA) (Legnano)
  Second  Giuseppe Pancera (ITA) (Touring-Pirelli)
  Third  Bartolomeo Aymo (ITA) (Alcyon-Dunlop)

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It was the edition with the highest number of participants (298), with 126 riders completing the race.

Once again Binda dominated the Giro, also winning 6 stages. Five stages were won by Domenico Piemontesi, who still didn't succeed in challenging Binda for the lead in the general classification.

The eighth stage was won by Albino Binda (Alfredo's brother and team-mate). Alfredo himself later admitted that he advised his brother to escape from the group the moment he stopped to change a tire (common operation before the introduction of derailleur gears).

Participants edit

Of the 298 riders that began the Giro d'Italia on 12 May, 126 of them made it to the finish in Milan on 3 June. Riders were allowed to ride on their own or as a member of a team. There were seven teams that competed in the race: Alcyon-Hutchinson, Aliprandi-Pirelli, Atala-Pirelli, Bianchi-Pirelli, Diamant Continental, Touring Pirelli, and Wolsit Pirelli.[1] In addition there were five groups that entered the race: Legione Ciclisti, U.S. Legnanese, Varese Sportiva, U.S. Viareggio, and U.S. Abbiatense.[1]

The peloton was primarily composed of Italians.[1] The field featured three former Giro d'Italia champions in three-time winner Giovanni Brunero, twice a winner and reigning champion Alfredo Binda, and single-time winner Giuseppe Enrici.[1] Other notable Italian riders that started the race included Bartolomeo Aymo and Domenico Piemontesi.[1]

Final standings edit

Stage results edit

Stage results[1]
Stage Date Course Distance Type[Notes 1] Winner Race Leader
1 12 May Milan to Trento 233.1 km (145 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Domenico Piemontesi (ITA)   Domenico Piemontesi (ITA)
2 14 May Trento to Forlì 312.6 km (194 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Alfredo Binda (ITA)   Domenico Piemontesi (ITA)
3 16 May Predappio to Arezzo 148 km (92 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Alfredo Binda (ITA)   Domenico Piemontesi (ITA)
4 18 May Arezzo to Sulmona 327.9 km (204 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Alfredo Binda (ITA)   Alfredo Binda (ITA)
5 20 May Sulmona to Foggia 254.6 km (158 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Alfredo Binda (ITA)   Alfredo Binda (ITA)
6 22 May Foggia to Naples 248.3 km (154 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Domenico Piemontesi (ITA)   Alfredo Binda (ITA)
7 24 May Naples to Rome 275 km (171 mi)   Plain stage   Domenico Piemontesi (ITA)   Alfredo Binda (ITA)
8 26 May Rome to Pistoia 323 km (201 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Albino Binda (ITA)   Alfredo Binda (ITA)
9 28 May Pistoia to Modena 206 km (128 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Domenico Piemontesi (ITA)   Alfredo Binda (ITA)
10 30 May Modena to Genoa 270 km (168 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Alfredo Binda (ITA)   Alfredo Binda (ITA)
11 1 June Genoa to Turin 195.1 km (121 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Alfredo Binda (ITA)   Alfredo Binda (ITA)
12 3 June Turin to Milan 251 km (156 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Domenico Piemontesi (ITA)   Alfredo Binda (ITA)
Total 3,044.6 km (1,892 mi)

General classification edit

There were 126 cyclists who had completed all twelve stages. For these cyclists, the times they had needed in each stage was added up for the general classification. The cyclist with the least accumulated time was the winner. Alessandro Catalani won the prize for best ranked independent rider in the general classification.[2]

Final general classification (1–10)[1][3]
Rank Name Team Time
1   Alfredo Binda (ITA) Wolsit 114h 15' 19"
2   Giuseppe Pancera (ITA) Touring + 18' 13"
3   Bartolomeo Aymo (ITA) Alcyon + 27' 25"
4   Victor Fontan (FRA) Wolsit + 31' 30"
5   Egidio Picchiottino (ITA) Alcyon + 36' 23"
6   Aristide Cavallini (ITA) Bianchi + 40' 34"
7   Amulio Viarengo (ITA) Bianchi + 52' 19"
8   Albino Binda (ITA) Wolsit + 54' 53"
9   Giovanni Brunero (ITA) Wolsit + 1h 13' 00"
10   Pietro Chesi (ITA) Bianchi + 1h 14' 07"

References edit

  1. ^ In 1928, there was no distinction in the rules between plain stages and mountain stages; the icons shown here indicate that the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, eighth, ninth, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth stages included major mountains.
  1. ^ a b c d e f g Bill and Carol McGann. "1928 Giro d'Italia". Bike Race Info. Dog Ear Publishing. Archived from the original on 2014-02-27. Retrieved 2012-07-10.
  2. ^ "I vincitori delle categorie speciali" [The winners of the special categories]. Corriere dello Sport (in Italian). 14 June 1950. p. 6. Archived from the original on 22 December 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  3. ^ "La Stampa - Consultazione Archivio".
  • Vitorrio Varale (June 1928). "Il Giro d'Italia" [The Tour of Italy]. Lo Sport Fascista (in Italian). Vol. 1, no. 1. p. 86-7. Archived from the original on 9 August 2018. Retrieved 7 July 2013.