1937 Giro d'Italia

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1937 Giro d'Italia
Race details
Dates 8 – 30 May
Stages 19, including four split stages
Distance 3,840 km (2,386 mi)
Winning time 112h 49' 28" (31.365 km/h or 19.489 mph)
Winner  Gino Bartali (ITA) (Legnano)
Second  Giovanni Valetti (ITA) (Fréjus)
Third  Enrico Mollo (ITA) (Fréjus)

Mountains  Gino Bartali (ITA) (Legnano)
Team Fréjus

The 1937 Giro d'Italia was the 25th edition of the Giro d'Italia, a cycling race organized and sponsored by the newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport. The race began on 8 May in Milan with a stage that stretched 165 km (103 mi) to Turin, finishing back in Milan on 30 May after a split stage and a total distance covered of 3,840 km (2,386 mi). The race was won by the Italian rider Gino Bartali of the Legnano team, with fellow Italians Giovanni Valetti and Enrico Mollo coming in second and third respectively.

Final standings[edit]

Stage results[edit]

Stage results[1]
Stage Date Course Distance Type[Notes 1] Winner Race Leader
1 8 May Milan to Turin 165 km (103 mi) Plain stage  Nello Troggi (ITA)  Nello Troggi (ITA)
2 9 May Torino to Acqui Terme 148 km (92 mi) Plain stage  Quirico Bernacchi (ITA)  Quirico Bernacchi (ITA)
3 10 May Acqui Terme to Genoa 158 km (98 mi) Plain stage  Giovanni Valetti (ITA)  Giovanni Valetti (ITA)
4 11 May Genoa to Viareggio 186 km (116 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Olimpio Bizzi (ITA)  Giovanni Valetti (ITA)
5a 12 May Viareggio to Marina di Massa 60 km (37 mi) History.gif Team time trial Legnano  Gino Bartali (ITA)
5b Marina di Massa to Livorno 114 km (71 mi) Plain stage  Olimpio Bizzi (ITA)  Giovanni Valetti (ITA)
13 May Rest day
6 14 May Livorno to Arezzo 190 km (118 mi) Plain stage  Giuseppe Olmo (ITA)  Giovanni Valetti (ITA)
7 15 May Arezzo to Rieti 206 km (128 mi) Plain stage  Marco Cimatti (ITA)  Giovanni Valetti (ITA)
8a 16 May Rieti to Monte Terminillo 20 km (12 mi) History.gif Individual time trial  Gino Bartali (ITA)  Gino Bartali (ITA)
8b Rieti to Rome 152 km (94 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Raffaele Di Paco (ITA)  Gino Bartali (ITA)
9 17 May Rome to Naples 250 km (155 mi) Plain stage  Learco Guerra (ITA)  Gino Bartali (ITA)
18 May Rest day
10 19 May Naples to Foggia 166 km (103 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Gino Bartali (ITA)  Gino Bartali (ITA)
11a 20 May Foggia to San Severo 186 km (116 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Walter Generati (ITA)  Gino Bartali (ITA)
11b San Severo to Campobasso 105 km (65 mi) Plain stage  Cesare Del Cancia (ITA)  Gino Bartali (ITA)
12 21 May Campobasso to Pescara 258 km (160 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Marco Cimatti (ITA)  Gino Bartali (ITA)
13 22 May Pescara to Ancona 194 km (121 mi) Plain stage  Aldo Bini (ITA)  Gino Bartali (ITA)
14 23 May Ancona to Forlì 178 km (111 mi) Plain stage  Aldo Bini (ITA)  Gino Bartali (ITA)
24 May Rest day
15 25 May Forlì to Vittorio Veneto 266 km (165 mi) Plain stage  Glauco Servadei (ITA)  Gino Bartali (ITA)
16 26 May Vittorio Veneto to Merano 227 km (141 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Gino Bartali (ITA)  Gino Bartali (ITA)
17 27 May Merano to Gardone Riviera 190 km (118 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Gino Bartali (ITA)  Gino Bartali (ITA)
28 May Rest day
18 29 May Gardone Riviera to San Pellegrino Terme 129 km (80 mi) Plain stage  Glauco Servadei (ITA)  Gino Bartali (ITA)
19a 30 May San Pellegrino Terme to Como 151 km (94 mi) Plain stage  Marco Cimatti (ITA)  Gino Bartali (ITA)
19b Como to Milan 141 km (88 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Aldo Bini (ITA)  Gino Bartali (ITA)
Total 3,840 km (2,386 mi)

General classification[edit]

There were 41 cyclists who had completed all nineteen 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)[1][2]
Rank Name Team Time
1  Gino Bartali (ITA) Pink jersey Legnano 122h 25' 40"
2  Giovanni Valetti (ITA) Fréjus + 8' 18"
3  Enrico Mollo (ITA) Fréjus + 17' 38"
4  Severino Canavesi (ITA) Ganna + 21' 38"
5  Cesare Del Cancia (ITA) Ganna + 23' 18"
6  Walter Generati (ITA) Fréjus + 27' 28"
7  Edoardo Molinar (ITA) + 30' 31"
8  Bernardo Rogora (ITA) + 32' 07"
9  Ambrogio Morelli (ITA) Italiani all'Estero + 48' 22"
10  Adriano Vignoli (ITA) + 55' 19"

Mountains classification[edit]

In the mountains classification, the Giro organizers selected different mountains that the route crossed and awarded points to the riders who crossed them first.

Final mountains classification (1–9)[1][2]
Rank Name Team Points
1  Gino Bartali (ITA) Legnano 37
2  Enrico Mollo (ITA) Pink jersey Fréjus 25
3  Luigi Barral (ITA) Bertoldo 22
4  Ezio Checchi (ITA) 9
5  Adalino Mealli (ITA) Legnano 8
6  Walter Generati (ITA) Fréjus 6
 Giovanni Valetti (ITA) Fréjus
8  Marco Cimatti (ITA) Italiani all'Estero 5
9  Cesare Del Gancia (ITA) Ganna 3
 Edoardo Molinar (ITA)

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.[1][2] If a team had fewer than three riders finish, they were not eligible for the classification.[2]

Final team classification (1–3)[1][2]
Rank Team Time
1 Fréjus 367h 50' 24"
2 Ganna + 1h 24' 24"
3 Legnano-Wolsit + 2h 24' 58"

Groups classification[edit]

Final team classification (1–4)[2]
Rank Team Time
1 Il Littoriale 370h 58' 04"
2 Italiani all'estero + 21' 27"
3 Bertoldo + 1h 05' 37"
4 Stranieri + 4h 10' 09"


  1. ^ In 1937, there was no distinction in the rules between plain stages and mountain stages; the icons shown here indicate that the stages 4, 8b, 10, 11a, 12, 16, 17, and 19b included major mountains. The stage 8a individual time trial also contained a summit finish.


  1. ^ a b c d e Bill and Carol McGann. "1937 Giro d'Italia". Bike Race Info. Dog Ear Publishing. Archived from the original on 2013-06-30. Retrieved 2012-07-10. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Il XXV Giro d'Italia si è chiuso con eccellente successo" [The 25th Giro d'Italia Ended With Great Success]. Il Littoriale (in Italian). Milan, Italy. 31 May 1937. p. 4. Archived from the original on 14 July 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2013.