26th Giro d'Italia 1938 (Italy)

 
   
 
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
 

Valetti Steps Out of Bartali's Shadow

Competing in the 1937 Tour de France, Gino Bartali showed flashes of brilliance, but an extremely bad crash cost him the glory of a Tour victory. His early season preparation in 1938 did not include the Giro d'Italia. Bartali was force by the Italian Federation to bypass his native Giro to focus on the Tour.

This left the door open for Giovanni Valetti, 1937's runner-up. A talented climber Valetti used the mountain to secure the Maglia Rosa. He rode into Milan for an 8'52” victory over Ezio Cecchi. Like Bartali before him Valetti also won the Best Climber Jersey.

Stage Winner

Race Leader

Stage 1 Milan-Torino, 182 km

Marco Cimatti (Ita)

Marco Cimatti (Ita)

Stage 2 Torino-San Remo, 204 km

Mario Vicini (Ita)

Mario Vicini (Ita)

Stage 3 San Remo-Margha Ligure, 172 km

Giovanni Gotti (Ita)

Cesare Del Cancia (Ita)

Stage 4a Margharita Ligure-L'Spezia, 81 km

Giovanni Valetti (Ita)

Cesare Del Cancia (Ita)

Stage 4b La Spezia-Montecatini, 110 km

Walter Generati (Ita)

Cesare Del Cancia (Ita)

Stage 5 Montecatini-Chianciano, 184 km

Salvatore Crippa (Ita)

Cesare Del Cancia (Ita)

Stage 6 Chianciano-Rieti, 160 km

Adolfo Leoni (Ita)

Cesare Del Cancia (Ita)

Stage 7a Rieti-Terminillio, 19.8 km ITT

Giovanni Valetti (Ita)

Cesare Del Cancia (Ita)

Stage 7b Rieti-Rome, 152 km

Cino Cinelli (Ita)

Cesare Del Cancia (Ita)

Stage 8 Rome-Napoli, 234 km

Raffaelle Di Paco (Ita)

Cesare Del Cancia (Ita)

Stage 9 Napoli-Lanciano, 221 km

Giordano Cottur (Ita)

Giovanni Valetti (Ita)

Stage 10 Lanciano-Ascoli Piceno, 149 km

Raffaele Di Paco (Ita)

Giovanni Valetti (Ita)

Stage 11 Ascoli Piceno-Ravenna, 268 km

Cino Cinelli (Ita)

Giovanni Valetti (Ita)

Stage 12 Ravenna-Treviso, 199 km

Raffaele Di Paco (Ita)

Giovanni Valetti (Ita)

Stage 13 Treviso-Trieste, 207 km

Cesare Del Cancia (Ita)

Giovanni Valetti (Ita)

Stage 14 Trieste-Belluno, 243 km

Olimpio Bizzi (Ita)

Giovanni Valetti (Ita)

Stage 15 Belluno-Recoaro, 154 km

Giovanni Valetti (Ita)

Giovanni Valetti (Ita)

Stage 16 Recoaro-Bergamo, 272 km

Diego Marabelli (Ita)

Giovanni Valetti (Ita)

Stage 17 Bergamo-Varese, 154 km

Cesare Del Cancia (Ita)

Giovanni Valetti (Ita)

Stage 18a Varese-Locarno, 100 km

Leo Amberg (Sui)

Giovanni Valetti (Ita)

Stage 18b Locarno-Milan, 180 km

Olimpio Bizzi (Ita)

* Giovanni Valetti (Ita)

 
Mountain Jersey x
Giovanni Valetti (Ita)

 

GdI May 7- June 2, 1938

3,645 Km

1. Giovanni VALETTI (Ita) 112h49'28"

2. Ezio Cecchi (Ita) +8'52"
3. Severino Canavesi (Ita) +9'06"
Starters: 94

Finishers: 50

Average Speed: 33.272 km/h

 

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