1924 Giro d'Italia

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1924 Giro d'Italia
Giro Italia 1924-map.png
Route of the 12th Giro d'Italia,
run anti-clockwise from Milan to Milan,
and entering Fiume in the Free State of Fiume (now Croatia).
Race details
Dates 10 May - 1 June
Stages 12
Distance 3,613 km (2,245 mi)
Winning time 143h 43' 37" (25.14 km/h or 15.62 mph)
Winner  Giuseppe Enrici (ITA)
Second  Federico Gay (ITA)
Third  Angiolo Gabrielli (ITA)

The 1924 Giro d'Italia was the 12th edition of the Giro d'Italia, a cycling race organized and sponsored by the newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport. The race began on 10 May in Milan with a stage that stretched 300.3 km (187 mi) to Genoa, finishing back in Milan on 1 June after a 313 km (194 mi) stage and a total distance covered of 3,613 km (2,245 mi). The race was won by the Italian rider Giuseppe Enrici. Second and third respectively were the Italian riders Federico Gay and Angiolo Gabrielli.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10]

The 'start list' was reduced because of a strike, so the organiser Gazzetta dello Sport allowed independent riders to enter without support teams, as they provided bed, board and massage.[11] The event was unique because of the participation of Alfonsina Strada, the only female competitor in the history of the Giro. Entry number 72 was granted to Alfonsin Strada to conceal her gender. She successfully completed the first 7 stages but a series of crashes and punctures between L'Aquila and Perugia led to her exclusion (such was her heroism that the organisers allowed her to continue each stage without inclusion in the overall classification). Her final time was 20 hours behind of the first classified in Milan.[11][12]


Of the 90 riders that began the Giro d'Italia on 10 May, 30 of them made it to the finish in Milan on 1 June.[13] The riders were all considered to be independent as many riders were in disagreement with their teams over money.[13]

The peloton was completely composed of Italians.[13] Notable riders that started the race included Giuseppe Enrici, Federico Gay and Bartolomeo Aymo.[13] Former winners Costante Girardengo and Giovanni Brunero, along with Ottavio Bottecchia, Gaetano Belloni, and other top riders chose not participate in the race due to disagreements over money with their teams.[13] The 1924 edition of the race saw the first and only ever woman participate.[13] Alfonsina Strada entered the race as "Alfonsin Strada" to conceal her gender. Strada completed the first seven stages before being eliminated.[13] The organizers, however, asked her to continue riding to the race's finish since so many people came out to witness the female rider.[13][14]

Final standings[edit]

Stage results[edit]

Stage results[13]
Stage Date Course Distance Type[Notes 1] Winner Race Leader
1 10 May Milan to Genoa 300.3 km (187 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Bartolomeo Aymo (ITA)  Bartolomeo Aymo (ITA)
2 12 May Genoa to Florence 307.9 km (191 mi) Plain stage  Federico Gay (ITA)  Bartolomeo Aymo (ITA)
3 14 May Florence to Rome 284.4 km (177 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Federico Gay (ITA)  Federico Gay (ITA)
4 16 May Rome to Naples 249.3 km (155 mi) Plain stage  Adriano Zanaga (ITA)  Federico Gay (ITA)
5 18 May Potenza to Taranto 265.3 km (165 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Federico Gay (ITA)  Federico Gay (ITA)
6 20 May Taranto to Foggia 230.3 km (143 mi) Plain stage  Federico Gay (ITA)  Federico Gay (ITA)
7 22 May Foggia to L'Aquila 304.3 km (189 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Giuseppe Enrici (ITA)  Giuseppe Enrici (ITA)
8 24 May L'Aquila to Perugia 296 km (184 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Giuseppe Enrici (ITA)  Giuseppe Enrici (ITA)
9 26 May Perugia to Bologna 280.7 km (174 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Arturo Ferrario (ITA)  Giuseppe Enrici (ITA)
10 28 May Bologna to Fiume 415 km (258 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Romolo Lazzaretti (ITA)  Giuseppe Enrici (ITA)
11 30 May Fiume to Verona 366.5 km (228 mi) Plain stage  Arturo Ferrario (ITA)  Giuseppe Enrici (ITA)
12 1 June Verona to Milan 313 km (194 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Giovanni Bassi (ITA)  Giuseppe Enrici (ITA)
Total 3,613 km (2,245 mi)

General classification[edit]

There were 30 cyclists who had completed all twelve 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.

Final general classification (1–10)[13]
Rank Name Team Time
1  Giuseppe Enrici (ITA) 143h 43' 37"
2  Federico Gay (ITA) + 58' 21"
3  Angiolo Gabrielli (ITA) + 1h 56' 53"
4  Secondo Martinetto (ITA) + 2h 13' 51"
5  Enea Dal Fiume (ITA) + 2h 19' 00"
6  Gianbattista Gilli (ITA) + 2h 59' 00"
7  Vitaliano Lugli (ITA) + 3h 28' 32"
8  Giovanni Rossignoli (ITA) + 3h 29' 08"
9  Ottavio Pratesi (ITA) + 4h 03' 00"
10  Alfredo Sivocci (ITA) + 4h 03' 36"


  1. ^ In 1924, there was no distinction in the rules between plain stages and mountain stages; the icons shown here indicate that the first, third, fifth, seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth, and twelfth stages included major mountains.


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  2. ^ http://archiviostorico.unita.it/cgi-bin/highlightPdf.cgi?t=ebook&file=/archivio/uni_1924_05/19240511_0003.pdf
  3. ^ http://archiviostorico.unita.it/cgi-bin/highlightPdf.cgi?t=ebook&file=/archivio/uni_1924_05/19240515_0004.pdf
  4. ^ http://archiviostorico.unita.it/cgi-bin/highlightPdf.cgi?t=ebook&file=/archivio/uni_1924_05/19240517_0004.pdf
  5. ^ http://archiviostorico.unita.it/cgi-bin/highlightPdf.cgi?t=ebook&file=/archivio/uni_1924_05/19240520_0004.pdf
  6. ^ http://archiviostorico.unita.it/cgi-bin/highlightPdf.cgi?t=ebook&file=/archivio/uni_1924_05/19240523_0003.pdf
  7. ^ http://archiviostorico.unita.it/cgi-bin/highlightPdf.cgi?t=ebook&file=/archivio/uni_1924_05/19240527_0003.pdf
  8. ^ http://archiviostorico.unita.it/cgi-bin/highlightPdf.cgi?t=ebook&file=/archivio/uni_1924_05/19240527_0003.pdf
  9. ^ http://archiviostorico.unita.it/cgi-bin/highlightPdf.cgi?t=ebook&file=/archivio/uni_1924_05/19240529_0004.pdf
  10. ^ http://archiviostorico.unita.it/cgi-bin/highlightPdf.cgi?t=ebook&file=/archivio/uni_1924_06/19240603_0004.pdf
  11. ^ a b Radio Marconi, Article on Alfonsina Strada
  12. ^ Torrelli Cycles – Article about Alfonsina Strada at the 1924 Giro d'Italia
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Bill and Carol McGann. "1924 Giro d'Italia". Bike Race Info. Dog Ear Publishing. Archived from the original on 2013-06-29. Retrieved 2012-07-10. 
  14. ^ http://www.theguardian.com/sport/100-tours-100-tales/2014/may/12/alfonsina-strada-giro-italia-woman-grand-tour