1st Giro d'Italia 1909 (Italy)

 
   
 
By Barry Boyce CyclingRevealed Historian
 

The First Ever Giro in 1909

The organizing of special events by the Gazzetta dello Sport began at the turn of the Century. By 1908 the newspaper in competition with rival Corriere della Sera announced the creation of the first ever Giro d'Italia and planned it for the spring of 1909.

The Giro was hosted by Milan and started on May 13, 1909 at 2:53 in the morning. There were eight stages scheduled over a total race course of 2,445km and finished in Milan.

Luigi Ganna proved to be the strongest, winning 3 stage and finishing in Milan with a narrow 2 point victory.

SPECIAL NOTE : The first race caravan contained 8 cars: 4 for the teams, 2 for the race officials and 2 for the promoter.

SPECIAL NOTE : The winner Luigi Ganna received a prize of 5,325 lira. Eugenio Costamagna, director of La Gazzetta dello Sport earned 150 lira.

Stage and Distance

Stage Winner

Race Leader

Stage 1 Milan-Bologna, 397 km

Dario Beni (Ita)

Dario Beni (Ita)

Stage 2 Bologna-Chieti, 378 km

Giovanni Cuniolo (Ita)

Luigi Ganna (Ita)

Stage 3 Chieti-Napoli, 242 km

Giovanni Rossignoli (Ita)

Carlo Galetti (Ita)

Stage 4 Napoli-Rome, 228 km

Luigi Ganna (Ita)

Luigi Ganna (Ita)

Stage 5 Rome-Firenze, 346 km

Luigi Ganna (Ita)

Luigi Ganna (Ita)

Stage 6 Firenze-Genova, 294 km

Giovanni Rossignoli (Ita)

Luigi Ganna (Ita)

Stage 7 Genova-Torino, 354 km

Luigi Ganna (Ita)

Luigi Ganna (Ita)

Stage 8 Torino-Milan, 206 km

Dario Beni (Ita)

Luigi Ganna (Ita)



GdI May 13-30, 1909
2,445 Km

1. Luigi GANNA (Ita) [89h48'14"] 25 Pts

2. Carlo Galetti (Ita) 27 pts
3. Giovanni Rossignoli (Ita) 40 pts
Starters: 127
Finishers: 49
Average Speed: 27.260 km/h

 

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