1933 Giro d'Italia

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1933 Giro d'Italia
Giro Italia 1933-map.png
Race Route
Race details
Dates 6 – 28 May
Stages 17
Distance 3,343 km (2,077 mi)
Winning time 111h 01' 52" (30.04 km/h or 18.67 mph)
Winner  Alfredo Binda (ITA) (Legnano)
Second  Jef Demuysere (BEL) (Génial Lucifer)
Third  Domenico Piemontesi (ITA) (Génial Lucifer)

Mountains  Alfredo Binda (ITA) (Legnano)
Team Legnano

The 1933 Giro d'Italia was the 21st edition of the Giro d'Italia, a cycling race organized and sponsored by the newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport. The race began on 6 May in Milan with a stage that stretched 169 km (105 mi) to Turin, finishing back in Milan on 28 May after a 284 km (176 mi) stage and a total distance covered of 3,343 km (2,077 mi). The race was won by the Alfredo Binda of the Legnano team. Second and third respectively were the Belgian Jef Demuysere and Italian Domenico Piemontesi.[1][2][3]

This 20th edition covered 3,343 km at an average speed of 30.043 km/h, for a total of 17 stages.


Of the 97 riders that began the Giro d'Italia on 6 May,[4] 51 of them made it to the finish in Milan on 28 May. Riders were allowed to ride on their own or as a member of a team; 51 riders competed as members of a team, while the remaining 46 were independent riders.[4] There were nine teams that competed in the race: Bestetti-d'Alessandro, Bianchi-Pirelli, Dei-Pirelli, Ganna-Hutchinson, Girardengo-Clément, Gloria-Hutchinson, Legnano-Hutchinson, Maino-Clément, and Olympia-Spiga.[4][5]

The peloton was primarily composed of Italians.[5] The field featured five former Giro d'Italia champions in four-time winner Alfredo Binda, two-time champion Costante Girardengo, single race winners Luigi Marchisio and Francesco Camusso, and reigning winner Antonio Pesenti.[5] Other notable Italian riders that started the race included Learco Guerra, Giuseppe Olmo, Remo Bertoni, Felice Gremo, and Domenico Piemontesi.[5] Notable non-Italian entrants included: Previous year podium finisher Jef Demuysere, Spanish climber Vicente Trueba, and renowned French cyclist René Vietto.[5] Of all the entrants, Guerra was seen as the favorite to win the race after his victory in the Milan – San Remo earlier in the season.[5]

Final standings[edit]

Stage results[edit]

Stage results[5]
Stage Date Course Distance Type[Notes 1] Winner Race Leader
1 6 May Milan to Turin 169 km (105 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Learco Guerra (ITA)  Learco Guerra (ITA)
2 7 May Turin to Genoa 216 km (134 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Alfredo Binda (ITA)  Alfredo Binda (ITA)
3 8 May Genoa to Pisa 191 km (119 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Learco Guerra (ITA)  Alfredo Binda (ITA)
9 May Rest day
4 10 May Pisa to Florence 184 km (114 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Giuseppe Olmo (ITA)  Alfredo Binda (ITA)
5 11 May Florence to Grosseto 193 km (120 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Learco Guerra (ITA)  Jef Demuysere (BEL)
6 12 May Grosseto to Rome 212 km (132 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Mario Cipriani (ITA)  Jef Demuysere (BEL)
13 May Rest day
7 14 May Rome to Naples 228 km (142 mi) Plain stage  Gerard Loncke (BEL)  Jef Demuysere (BEL)
8 15 May Naples to Foggia 195 km (121 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Alfredo Binda (ITA)  Alfredo Binda (ITA)
16 May Rest day
9 17 May Foggia to Chieti 248 km (154 mi) Plain stage  Alfredo Binda (ITA)  Alfredo Binda (ITA)
10 18 May Chieti to Ascoli Piceno 158 km (98 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Alfredo Binda (ITA)  Alfredo Binda (ITA)
19 May Rest day
11 20 May Ascoli Piceno to Riccione 208 km (129 mi) Plain stage  Fernand Cornez (FRA)  Alfredo Binda (ITA)
12 21 May Riccione to Bologna 189 km (117 mi) Plain stage  Giuseppe Olmo (ITA)  Alfredo Binda (ITA)
13 22 May Bologna to Ferrara 62 km (39 mi) History.gif Individual time trial  Alfredo Binda (ITA)  Alfredo Binda (ITA)
23 May Rest day
14 24 May Ferrara to Udine 242 km (150 mi) Plain stage  Ettore Meini (ITA)  Alfredo Binda (ITA)
15 25 May Udine to Bassano del Grappa 213 km (132 mi) Plain stage  Ettore Meini (ITA)  Alfredo Binda (ITA)
16 26 May Bassano del Grappa to Bolzano 148 km (92 mi) Plain stage  Gerard Loncke (BEL)  Alfredo Binda (ITA)
27 May Rest day
17 28 May Bolzano to Milan 284 km (176 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Alfredo Binda (ITA)  Alfredo Binda (ITA)
Total 3,343 km (2,077 mi)

General classification[edit]

There were 57 cyclists who had completed all seventeen 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)[5][6]
Rank Name Team Time
1  Alfredo Binda (ITA) Pink jersey Legnano 111h 42' 41"
2  Jef Demuysere (BEL) Ganna + 12' 34"
3  Domenico Piemontesi (ITA) Legnano + 16' 31"
4  Alfredo Bovet (ITA) Bianchi + 19' 47"
5  Allegro Grandi (ITA) Dei + 21' 33"
6  Carlo Moretti (ITA) Dei + 26' 16"
7  Ludwig Geyer (GER) Legnano + 27' 17"
8  Kurt Stöpel (GER) Legnano + 28' 22"
9  Mario Cipriani (ITA) Ganna + 30' 28"
10  Camillo Erba (ITA) + 30' 30"

Mountains classification[edit]

In the mountains classification, the race organizers selected different mountains that the route crossed and awarded points to the riders who crossed them first. There were four mountains that were given points towards the mountains classification: the Passo del Tonale, the Osteria della Crocetta, the Castelnuovo della Daunia, and the Castelnuovo Val di Cecina.[5] Alfredo Binda was the first rider to cross each of the four mountains.[5]

Final mountains classification (1–3)[5]
Rank Name Team Points
1  Alfredo Binda (ITA) Pink jersey Legnano  ?
2  Alfredo Bovet (ITA) Bianchi  ?
3  Remo Bertoni (ITA) Bianchi  ?

Team classification[edit]

The winner of the team classification was determined by adding the finish times of the best three cyclists per team together and the team with the lowest total time was the winner.[5][7] If a team had fewer than three riders finish, they were not eligible for the classification.[5][7]

Final team classification (1–5)[5][7]
Rank Team Time
1 Legnano 334h 01' 15"
2 Dei + 34' 16"
3 Bianchi + 53' 27"
4 Gloria + 1h 03' 07"
5 Ganna + 1h 04' 07"
6 Olympia + 1h 42' 52"


  1. ^ In 1933, there was no distinction in the rules between plain stages and mountain stages; the icons shown here indicate that the fourth, fifth, sixth, tenth, eleventh, twelfth, and thirteenth stages included major mountains.


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