1932 Giro d'Italia
The 1932 Giro d'Italia was the 20th edition of the Giro d'Italia, a cycling race organized and sponsored by the newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport. The race began on 14 May in Milan with a stage that stretched 207 km (129 mi) to Vicenza, finishing back in Milan on 5 June after a 271 km (168 mi) stage and a total distance covered of 3,235 km (2,010 mi). The race was won by the Antonio Pesenti of the Wolsit team. Second and third respectively were the Belgian Jef Demuysere and Italian Remo Bertoni.
|Dates||14 May – 5 June|
|Distance||3,235 km (2,010 mi)|
|Winning time||105h 42' 41"|
It was one of the last participations of Costante Girardengo, 39 years old, who classified second in the first stage, but then retired during the fifth stage. The 47-year-old age Giovanni Gerbi, nicknamed "the Red Devil", also took part, but also didn't succeed in concluding the race.
Of the 109 riders that began the Giro d'Italia on 14 May, 66 of them made it to the finish in Milan on 5 June. Riders were allowed to ride on their own or as a member of a team. There were ten teams that competed in the race: Atala-Hutchinson, Bianchi-Pirelli, France Sport-Pirelli, Ganna-Dunlop, Gloria-Hutchinson, Ilva-Pirelli, Legnano-Hutchinson, Maino-Clément, Olympia-Superga, and Wolsit-Hutchinson.
The peloton was primarily composed of Italians. The field featured four former Giro d'Italia champions in four-time winner Alfredo Binda, two-time champion Costante Girardengo, 1920 winner Gaetano Belloni, and reigning winner Francesco Camusso. Other notable Italian riders that started the race included Learco Guerra, Giovanni Gerbi, Felice Gremo, and Domenico Piemontesi. The reigning winner of the Tour de France, Frenchman Antonin Magne, raced started the Giro, along with Belgian Jef Demuysere who finished second at the 1931 Tour de France.
Route and stagesEdit
|1||14 May||Milan to Vicenza||207 km (129 mi)||Plain stage||Learco Guerra (ITA)|
|2||15 May||Vicenza to Udine||183 km (114 mi)||Plain stage||Hermann Buse (GER)|
|3||17 May||Udine to Ferrara||225 km (140 mi)||Plain stage||Fabio Battesini (ITA)|
|4||18 May||Ferrara to Rimini||215 km (134 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Learco Guerra (ITA)|
|5||20 May||Rimini to Teramo||286 km (178 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Raffaele Di Paco (ITA)|
|6||22 May||Teramo to Lanciano||220 km (137 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Learco Guerra (ITA)|
|7||24 May||Lanciano to Foggia||280 km (174 mi)||Plain stage||Antonio Pesenti (ITA)|
|8||26 May||Foggia to Naples||217 km (135 mi)||Plain stage||Learco Guerra (ITA)|
|9||28 May||Naples to Rome||265 km (165 mi)||Plain stage||Learco Guerra (ITA)|
|10||30 May||Rome to Florence||321 km (199 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Ettore Meini (ITA)|
|11||1 June||Florence to Genoa||276 km (171 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Remo Bertoni (ITA)|
|12||3 June||Genoa to Turin||267 km (166 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Ettore Meini (ITA)|
|13||5 June||Turin to Milan||271 km (168 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Learco Guerra (ITA)|
|Total||3,235 km (2,010 mi)|
The leader of the general classification – calculated by adding the stage finish times of each rider – wore a pink jersey. This classification is the most important of the race, and its winner is considered as the winner of the Giro.
The race organizers allowed isolated riders to compete in the race, which had a separate classification calculated the same way as the general classification. In addition, there was a classification dedicated to only foreign, non-Italian riders, which was calculated in the same manner.
The winner of the team classification was determined by adding the finish times of the best three cyclists per team together and the team with the lowest total time was the winner. If a team had fewer than three riders finish, they were not eligible for the classification.
Il Trofeo Magno (English: the Great Trophy) was a classification for independent Italian riders competing in the race. The riders were divided into teams based on the region of Italy they were from. The calculation of the standings was the same for the team classification. At the end of the race, a trophy was awarded to the winning team and it was then stored at the Federal Secretary of the P.N.P. in their respective province.
The rows in the following table correspond to the jerseys awarded after that stage was run.
||Best foreign rider||Best isolati rider||Team classification||Il Trofeo Magno|
|1||Learco Guerra||Learco Guerra||Kurt Stöpel||?||?||?|
|2||Hermann Buse||Hermann Buse||Hermann Buse|
|4||Learco Guerra||Aristide Cavallini, Marco Giuntelli, Angelo Lalle, & Vitali|
|5||Raffaele Di Paco||Aristide Cavallini & Vitali|
|6||Learco Guerra||Luigi Tramontini||?||?|
|7||Antonio Pesenti||Antonio Pesenti||Kurt Stöpel||Francesco Bonino||Legnano-Hutchinson||Piemonte|
|8||Learco Guerra||Jef Demuysere||Aristide Cavallini|
|Final||Antonio Pesenti||Jef Demuysere||Aristide Cavallini||Legnano-Hutchinson||Calabria-Sicilia|
|Denotes the winner of the General classification|
There were 66 cyclists who had completed all thirteen 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.
|1||Antonio Pesenti (ITA)||Wolsit-Hutchinson||105h 42' 41"|
|2||Jef Demuysere (BEL)||Ganna-Dunlop||+ 11' 09"|
|3||Remo Bertoni (ITA)||Legnano-Hutchinson||+ 12' 27"|
|4||Learco Guerra (ITA)||Maino-Clement||+ 16' 34"|
|5||Kurt Stöpel (GER)||Atala-Hutchinson||+ 17' 21"|
|6||Michele Mara (ITA)||Bianchi-Pirelli||+ 17' 34"|
|7||Alfredo Binda (ITA)||Legnano-Hutchinson||+ 19' 27"|
|8||Luigi Barral (ITA)||Olympia-Superga||+ 25' 01"|
|9||Felice Gremo (ITA)||Legnano-Hutchinson||+ 27' 24"|
|10||Renato Scorticati (ITA)||Olympia-Superga||+ 37' 56"|
Foreign rider classificationEdit
|1||Jef Demuysere (BEL)||Ganna-Dunlop||105h 53' 50"|
|2||Kurt Stöpel (GER)||Atala-Hutchinson||+ 6' 12"|
|3||Julien Vervaecke (BEL)||Ganna-Dunlop||+ 27' 40"|
|4||Hermann Buse (GER)||Atala-Hutchinson||+ 42' 43"|
|5||Raymond Louviot (FRA)||France Sport-Pirelli||+ 1h 10' 48"|
|6||Émile Decroix (BEL)||Ganna-Dunlop||+ 1h 17' 47"|
|7||Antonin Magne (FRA)||France Sport-Pirelli||+ 1h 36' 18"|
|8||Ludwig Geyer (GER)||Atala-Hutchinson||+ 1h 37' 44"|
|9||Julien Moineau (FRA)||?||+ 2h 20' 02"|
|10||André Godinat (FRA)||?||+ 2h 34' 15"|
Isolati rider classificationEdit
|1||Aristide Cavallini (ITA)||106h 27' 19"|
|2||Francesco Bonino (ITA)||+ 1' 59"|
|3||Agostino Bellandi (ITA)||+ 4' 02"|
|4||Ettore Balmamion (ITA)||+ 10' 01"|
|5||Luigi Tramontini (ITA)||+ 18' 48"|
|6||Carlo Moretti (ITA)||+ 20' 57"|
|7||Mario Praderio (ITA)||+ 47' 59"|
|8||Armando Zucchini (ITA)||+ 53' 52"|
|9||Nicolo Mammina (ITA)||+ 53' 55"|
|10||Marco Giuntelli (ITA)||+ 59' 32"|
|1||Legnano-Hutchinson||318h 07' 21"|
|2||Ganna-Dunlop||+ 47' 02"|
|3||Maino-Clement||+ 1h 16' 30"|
|4||Olympia-Superga||+ 1h 25' 12"|
|5||Atala-Hutchinson||+ 1h 58' 32"|
|6||Bianchi-Pirelli||+ 3h 22' 34"|
|7||France Sport-Pirelli||+ 4h 41' 17"|
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