1914 Giro d'Italia
|Dates||24 May – 7 June|
|Distance||3,162 km (1,965 mi)|
|Winning time||135h 17' 56" (23.37 km/h or 14.52 mph)|
|Winner||Alfonso Calzolari (ITA)||(Stucchi)|
|Second||Pierino Albini (ITA)||(Globo-Dunlop)|
|Third||Luigi Lucotti (ITA)||(Maino)|
|Team||Stucchi - Dunlop|
The 1914 Giro d'Italia was the 6th edition of the Giro d'Italia, a cycling race organized and sponsored by the newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport. The race began on 24 May in Milan with a stage that stretched 420 km (261 mi) to Cuneo, finishing back in Milan on 6 June after a 420.3 km (261 mi) stage and a total distance covered of 3,162 km (1,965 mi). The race was won by the Italian rider Alfonso Calzolari of the Stucchi team. Second and third respectively were the Italian riders Pierino Albini and Luigi Lucotti.
It was the last Giro before the Great War and the first one with a final classification based on time rather than points.
It is remembered as the hardest Giro of the heroic period of bicycle racing. Besides five stages beyond 400 km (and the higher ever average stage length), in 1914 took place the longest stage ever in the Giro: the Lucca-Rome won by Costante Girardengo. This edition of the Giro was run at the lowest average speed (23.374 km/h); marked the highest gap between the first and the second (1 hour, 55 minutes and 26 seconds); saw the longest lasting stage ever in terms of time needed to conclude the race (the Bari-L'Aquila). Only 8 riders (of 81 participants) concluded the race.
The sixth stage (Bari-L'Aquila) is remembered as the hardest stage in the history of the Giro, with a lot of riders forced to retire, among which the first of the general classification Giuseppe Azzini, who was found the next day resting in a country house.
Of the 81 riders that began the Giro d'Italia on 24 May, eight of them made it to the finish in Milan on 7 June. Riders were allowed to ride on their own or as a member of a team. There were eight teams that competed in the race: Alcyon, Atala, Bianchi, Ganna, Gerbi, Globo, Maino, and Stucchi.
The peloton was composed completely of Italians. The field featured three former Giro d'Italia champions in the 1909 winner Luigi Ganna, three-time winner Carlo Galetti, Eberardo Pavesi who was a member of the 1912 Atala winning team, and returning champion Carlo Oriani. Other notable Italian riders that started the race included Costante Girardengo, Angelo Gremo, Alfonso Calzolari, and Giovanni Gerbi.
|Stage||Date||Course||Distance||Type[Notes 1]||Winner||Race Leader|
|1||24 May||Milan to Cuneo||420 km (261 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Angelo Gremo (ITA)||Angelo Gremo (ITA)|
|2||26 May||Cuneo to Lucca||340.5 km (212 mi)||Plain stage||Alfonso Calzolari (ITA)||Alfonso Calzolari (ITA)|
|3||28 May||Lucca to Rome||430 km (267 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Costante Girardengo (ITA)||Alfonso Calzolari (ITA)|
|4||30 May||Rome to Avellino||365.4 km (227 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Giuseppe Azzini (ITA)||Alfonso Calzolari (ITA)|
|5||1 June||Avellino to Bari||328.7 km (204 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Giuseppe Azzini (ITA)||Giuseppe Azzini (ITA)|
|6||3 June||Bari to L'Aquila||428 km (266 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Luigi Lucotti (ITA)||Alfonso Calzolari (ITA)|
|7||5 June||L'Aquila to Lugo||429.1 km (267 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Pierino Albini (ITA)||Alfonso Calzolari (ITA)|
|8||7 June||Lugo to Milan||420.3 km (261 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Pierino Albini (ITA)||Alfonso Calzolari (ITA)|
|Total||3,162 km (1,965 mi)|
There were eight cyclists who had completed all eight 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||Alfonso Calzolari (ITA)||Stucchi||135h 17' 56"|
|2||Pierino Albini (ITA)||Globo||+ 1h 57' 26"|
|3||Luigi Lucotti (ITA)||Maino||+ 2h 04' 23"|
|4||Clemente Canepari (ITA)||Stucchi||+ 3h 01' 12"|
|5||Enrico Sala (ITA)||—||+ 3h 59' 45"|
|6||Carlo Durando (ITA)||Maino||+ 5h 12' 12"|
|7||Ottavio Pratesi (ITA)||Alcyon||+ 17h 21' 08"|
|8||Umberto Ripamonti (ITA)||—||+ 17h 21' 08"|
- In 1914, there was no distinction in the rules between plain stages and mountain stages; the icons shown here indicate that the first, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth stages included major mountains.
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- "Giro d'Italia 1914". Cycling Archives. Retrieved 16 April 2013.