1924 Giro d'Italia
|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).
|Dates||10 May - 1 June|
|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.
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. 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.
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. The riders were all considered to be independent as many riders were in disagreement with their teams over money.
The peloton was completely composed of Italians. Notable riders that started the race included Giuseppe Enrici, Federico Gay and Bartolomeo Aymo. 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. The 1924 edition of the race saw the first and only ever woman participate. Alfonsina Strada entered the race as "Alfonsin Strada" to conceal her gender. Strada completed the first seven stages before being eliminated. The organizers, however, asked her to continue riding to the race's finish since so many people came out to witness the female rider.
|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)|
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.
|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"|
|Final general classification (11–30)|
|11||Giovanni Tragella (ITA)||—||+ 4h 21' 26"|
|12||Luigi Ugaglia (ITA)||—||+ 5h 21' 38"|
|13||Domenico Sangiorgi (ITA)||—||+ 6h 56' 41"|
|14||Alfredo Comminetti (ITA)||—||+ 7h 13' 52"|
|15||Guido Masseri (ITA)||—||+ 7h 32' 41"|
|16||Arturo Ferrario (ITA)||—||+ 7h 45' 35"|
|17||Giovanni Bassi (ITA)||—||+ 8h 10' 22"|
|18||Romolo Lazzeretti (ITA)||—||+ 8h 55' 32"|
|19||Michele Robotti (ITA)||—||+ 10h 07' 39"|
|20||Livio Cattel (ITA)||—||+ 10h 50' 32"|
|21||Michele Tutolo (ITA)||—||+ 11h 09' 49"|
|22||Fortunato Manicardi (ITA)||—||+ 12h 45' 51"|
|23||Giuseppe Rizzo (ITA)||—||+ 15h 29' 27"|
|24||Enrico Sala (ITA)||—||+ 17h 12' 42"|
|25||Antonio Buelli (ITA)||—||+ 17h 17' 30"|
|26||Silvio Scrianti (ITA)||—||+ 17h 19' 27"|
|27||Luigi Gilardi (ITA)||—||+ 18h 18' 39"|
|28||Montanari (Arturo or Giuseppe) (ITA)||—||+ 18h 30' 44"|
|29||Maurizio Garino (ITA)||—||+ 20h 51' 22"|
|30||Telesforo Benaglia (ITA)||—||+ 20h 58' 37"|
- 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.
- Radio Marconi, Article on Alfonsina Strada
- Torrelli Cycles – Article about Alfonsina Strada at the 1924 Giro d'Italia
- 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.