1930 Giro d'Italia

The 1930 Giro d'Italia was the 18th edition of the Giro d'Italia, a cycling race organized and sponsored by the newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport. The race began on 17 May in Milan with a stage that stretched 174 km (108 mi) to Turin, finishing back in Milan on 8 June after a 280 km (174 mi) stage and a total distance covered of 3,095 km (1,923 mi). The race was won by Luigi Marchisio of the Legnano team. Second and third respectively were the Italian riders Luigi Giacobbe and Allegro Grandi.

1930 Giro d'Italia
Race Route
Race Route
Race details
DatesMay 17 – June 8
Distance3,095 km (1,923 mi)
Winning time115h 11' 55"
  Winner  Luigi Marchisio (ITA) (Legnano)
  Second  Luigi Giacobbe (ITA) (Maino)
  Third  Allegro Grandi (ITA) (Bianchi)

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After the fourth victory (third in a row) of Alfredo Binda in the 1929 edition, organizers paid him 22,500 lire (a sum equal to the prize for the overall winner) to not take part in the race.[1] This edition was the first with stages taking place in Sicily.


Of the 298 riders that began the Giro d'Italia on 17 May, 126 of them made it to the finish in Milan on 8 June. Riders were allowed to ride on their own or as a member of a team. There were six teams that competed in the race: Bianchi-Pirelli, Dei-Pirelli, Gloria-Hutchinson, Legnano-Pirelli, Maino-Clément, and Prina-Hutchinson.[2]

The peloton was primarily composed of Italians.[2] Four-time winner and reigning champion Alfredo Binda did not compete in this running of the Giro because the organizers felt he was too dominant and paid his team manager 22,500 lire — the same amount as the first place rider would receive that year — to keep Binda off the start list.[2] The field no former winners of the Giro d'Italia.[2] Some notable Italian riders that started the race included Antonio Pesenti, Antonio Negrini, Giuseppe Pancera, and Domenico Piemontesi.[2]

Race overviewEdit

As the peloton made its way by the volcanic Mount Etna during stage two, Luigi Marchisio got hit in the eye by some volcanic rock.[3] This prompted him to wear a covering over his eyes for several days after the incident.[3]

Final standingsEdit

Stage resultsEdit

Stage results[2]
Stage Date Course Distance Type[Notes 1] Winner Race Leader
1 17 May Messina to Catania 174 km (108 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Michele Mara (ITA)   Michele Mara (ITA)
2 18 May Catania to Palermo 280 km (174 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Leonida Frascarelli (ITA)   Antonio Negrini (ITA)
3 20 May Palermo to Messina 257 km (160 mi)   Plain stage   Luigi Marchisio (ITA)   Luigi Marchisio (ITA)
4 22 May Reggio Calabria to Catanzaro 173 km (107 mi)   Plain stage   Luigi Marchisio (ITA)   Luigi Marchisio (ITA)
5 23 May Catanzaro to Cosenza 118 km (73 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Domenico Piemontesi (ITA)   Luigi Marchisio (ITA)
6 25 May Cosenza to Salerno 292 km (181 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Allegro Grandi (ITA)   Luigi Marchisio (ITA)
7 27 May Salerno to Naples 180 km (112 mi)   Plain stage   Raffaele Di Paco (ITA)   Luigi Marchisio (ITA)
8 28 May Naples to Rome 247 km (153 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Learco Guerra (ITA)   Luigi Marchisio (ITA)
9 30 May Rome to Teramo 203 km (126 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Michele Mara (ITA)   Luigi Marchisio (ITA)
10 31 May Teramo to Ancona 185 km (115 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Michele Mara (ITA)   Luigi Marchisio (ITA)
11 2 June Ancona to Forlì 182 km (113 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Learco Guerra (ITA)   Luigi Marchisio (ITA)
12 3 June Forlì to Rovigo 188 km (117 mi)   Plain stage   Michele Mara (ITA)   Luigi Marchisio (ITA)
13 5 June Rovigo to Asiago 150 km (93 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Antonio Pesenti (ITA)   Luigi Marchisio (ITA)
14 6 June Asiago to Brescia 186 km (116 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Leonida Frascarelli (ITA)   Luigi Marchisio (ITA)
15 8 June Brescia to Milan 280 km (174 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Michele Mara (ITA)   Luigi Marchisio (ITA)
Total 3,095 km (1,923 mi)

General classificationEdit

There were 67 cyclists who had completed all fifteen 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. Aristide Cavallini won the prize for best ranked isolati rider in the general classification.[4]

Final general classification (1–10)[2]
Rank Name Team Time
1   Luigi Marchisio (ITA)   Legnano 115h 11' 55"
2   Luigi Giacobbe (ITA) Maino + 52"
3   Allegro Grandi (ITA) Bianchi + 1' 49"
4   Ambrogio Morelli (ITA) Gloria + 11' 12"
5   Antonio Pesenti (ITA) Dei-Pirelli + 16' 01"
6   Antonio Negrini (ITA) Maino + 17' 48"
7   Felice Gremo (ITA) Legnano + 22' 28"
8   Aristide Cavallini (ITA) Dei-Pirelli + 23' 58"
9   Learco Guerra (ITA) Maino + 36' 10"
10   Amerigo Cacioni (ITA) + 37' 11"


Marchisio, who received medical care on his eye in Palermo, stated later the doctor advised him to abandon the race, but he then said: "Losing my sight is one thing, but not winning the Giro would really have bothered me."[3]


  1. ^ In 1930, there was no distinction in the rules between plain stages and mountain stages; the icons shown here indicate that the first, second, fifth, sixth, eighth, ninth, tenth, eleventh, thirteenth, fourteenth, and fifteenth stages included major mountains.
  1. ^ "1930 Giro d'Italia". www.bikeraceinfo.com. Retrieved 2016-07-28.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Bill and Carol McGann. "1930 Giro d'Italia". Bike Race Info. Dog Ear Publishing. Archived from the original on 2013-06-30. Retrieved 2012-07-10.
  3. ^ a b c Barry Ryan (13 May 2020). "Volcanic interruption: Mount Etna and the Giro d'Italia". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Archived from the original on 13 May 2020. Retrieved 13 May 2020.
  4. ^ "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.


  • Vittorio Varale (June 1930). "La Rivincita di Binda" [The Revenge of Binda]. Lo Sport Fascista (in Italian). Vol. 3 no. 6. pp. 38–40. Archived from the original on 1 May 2019. Retrieved 7 July 2013.