2nd Giro d'Italia 1910 (Italy)

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

The Second Giro in 1910

The second edition of the Giro d'Italia left Milan May 18, 1910. The second stage saw Frenchman Jean-Baptiste Dortignacq breakaway with Italian Carlo Galetti. Dortignacq earned the stage win and Galetti took the overall race lead. Dortignacq was now considered a danger man to the race leader and an Italian coalition was formed against the Frenchman. On stage 3 Galetti, defending champion Luigi Ganna, and Eberardo Pavesi attacked and ride into Teramo ahead of the charging peloton. Galetti won the stage with Dortignacq in 10th place. The following stage Dortignacq was still high in the overall classification (on points) becomes violently ill and poison was suspected. He did not start stage 5. The Italian police investigated and 20 riders were disqualified.

Through the final six stages Galetti, Ganna and Pavesi waged a titanic battle with Carlo Galetti taking the victory in Milan . However Galetti didn't have an easy time on the final stage. He crashed into a hay wagon mid-way through the stage. With cuts and bruises the race leader quickly remounted and gallantly finished 5th on the stage to attain the victory.

After being narrowly defeated by Luigi Ganna in 1909, Carlo Galetti dominated the 1910 race. He rode into Milan with an 18 point lead to record the victory.

SPECIAL NOTE: The 1910 Giro was again contested on a point's basis. One minor change to the format: all points were award from 1 for the winner to 50, then all others received 51 points.

 

Stage Winner

Race Leader

Stage 1 Milan-Udine, 388 km

Ernesto Azzini (Ita)

Ernesto Azzini (Ita)

Stage 2 Udine-Bologna, 322 km

Jean-Baptiste Dortignacq (Fra)

Carlo Galetti (Ita)

Stage 3 Bologna-Teramo, 345 km

Carlo Galetti (Ita)

Carlo Galetti (Ita)

Stage 4 Teramo-Napoli, 319 km

Pierino Albini (Ita)

Carlo Galetti (Ita)

Stage 5 Napoli-Rome, 192 km

Eberardo Pavesi (Ita)

Carlo Galetti (Ita)

Stage 6 Rome-Firenze, 327 km

Luigi Ganna (Ita)

Carlo Galetti (Ita)

Stage 7 Firenze-Genova, 263 km

Luigi Ganna (Ita)

Carlo Galetti (Ita)

Stage 8 Genova-Mondovi, 218 km

Carlo Galetti (Ita)

Carlo Galetti (Ita)

Stage 9 Mondovi-Torino, 333 km

Eberardo Pavesi (Ita)

Carlo Galetti (Ita)

Stage 10 Torino-Milan, 277 km

Luigi Ganna (Ita)

Carlo Galetti (Ita)



GdI May 18-June 6, 1910
2,984 Km

1. Carlo GALETTI (Ita) [114h24'00"] 28 pts

2. Eberardo Pavesi (Ita) 46 pts
3. Luigi Ganna (Ita) 51 pts
Starters: 101
Finishers: 20
Average Speed: 26.113 km/h

 

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