1938 Giro d'Italia

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1938 Giro d'Italia
Race details
Dates May 7–29
Stages 18, including three split stages
Distance 3,645.8 km (2,265 mi)
Winning time 112h 49' 28" (33.272 km/h or 20.674 mph)
Palmares
Winner  Giovanni Valetti (ITA) (Fréjus)
Second  Ezio Cecchi (ITA) (Gloria)
Third  Severino Canavesi (ITA) (Gloria)

Mountains  Giovanni Valetti (ITA) (Fréjus)
Team Gloria - Ambrosiana
1937
1939

The 1938 Giro d'Italia was the 26th edition of the Giro d'Italia, a cycling race organized and sponsored by the newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport. The race began on 7 May in Milan with a stage that stretched 182 km (113 mi) to Turin, finishing back in Milan on 29 May after a split stage and a total distance covered of 3,645.8 km (2,265 mi). The race was won by the Italian rider Giovanni Valetti of the Fréjus team, with fellow Italians Ezio Cecchi and Severino Canavesi coming in second and third respectively.[1]

Final standings[edit]

Stage results[edit]

Stage results[2]
Stage Date Course Distance Type[Notes 1] Winner Race Leader
1 May 7 Milan to Turin 182 km (113 mi) Plain stage  Marco Cimatti (ITA)  Marco Cimatti (ITA)
2 May 8 Turin to Sanremo 204 km (127 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Mario Vicini (ITA)  Mario Vicini (ITA)
3 May 9 Sanremo to Santa Margherita Ligure 172 km (107 mi) Plain stage  Giovanni Gotti (ITA)  Cesare Del Cancia (ITA)
4a May 10 Santa Margherita Ligure to La Spezia 81 km (50 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Giovanni Valetti (ITA)  Cesare Del Cancia (ITA)
4b La Spezia to Montecatini Terme 110 km (68 mi) Plain stage  Walter Generati (ITA)  Cesare Del Cancia (ITA)
May 11 Rest day
5 May 12 Montecatini Terme to Chianciano Terme 184 km (114 mi) Plain stage  Salvatore Crippa (ITA)  Cesare Del Cancia (ITA)
6 May 13 Chianciano Terme to Rieti 160 km (99 mi) Plain stage  Adolfo Leoni (ITA)  Cesare Del Cancia (ITA)
7a May 14 Rieti to Monte Terminillo 19.8 km (12 mi) History.gif Individual time trial  Giovanni Valetti (ITA)  Cesare Del Cancia (ITA)
7b Rieti to Rome 152 km (94 mi) Plain stage  Cino Cinelli (ITA)  Cesare Del Cancia (ITA)
8 May 15 Rome to Naples 234 km (145 mi) Plain stage  Raffaele Di Paco (ITA)  Cesare Del Cancia (ITA)
May 16 Rest day
9 May 17 Naples to Lanciano 221 km (137 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Giordano Cottur (ITA)  Giovanni Valetti (ITA)
10 May 18 Lanciano to Ascoli Piceno 149 km (93 mi) Plain stage  Raffaele Di Paco (ITA)  Giovanni Valetti (ITA)
11 May 19 Ascoli Piceno to Ravenna 268 km (167 mi) Plain stage  Cino Cinelli (ITA)  Giovanni Valetti (ITA)
12 May 20 Ravenna to Treviso 199 km (124 mi) Plain stage  Raffaele Di Paco (ITA)  Giovanni Valetti (ITA)
May 22 Rest day
13 May 22 Treviso to Trieste 207 km (129 mi) Plain stage  Cesare Del Cancia (ITA)  Giovanni Valetti (ITA)
14 May 23 Trieste to Belluno 243 km (151 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Olimpio Bizzi (ITA)  Giovanni Valetti (ITA)
May 24 Rest day
15 May 25 Belluno to Recoaro Terme 154 km (96 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Giovanni Valetti (ITA)  Giovanni Valetti (ITA)
16 May 27 Recoaro Terme to Bergamo 272 km (169 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Diego Marabelli (ITA)  Giovanni Valetti (ITA)
17 May 28 Bergamo to Varese 154 km (96 mi) Plain stage  Cesare Del Cancia (ITA)  Giovanni Valetti (ITA)
18a May 29 Varese to Locarno 100 km (62 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Leo Amberg (SUI)  Giovanni Valetti (ITA)
18b Locarno to Milan 180 km (112 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Olimpio Bizzi (ITA)  Giovanni Valetti (ITA)
Total 3,645.8 km (2,265 mi)

General classification[edit]

There were 50 cyclists who had completed all eighteen 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)[2][3]
Rank Name Team Time
1  Giovanni Valetti (ITA) Pink jersey Fréjus 112h 49' 28"
2  Ezio Cecchi (ITA) Gloria + 8' 52"
3  Severino Canavesi (ITA) Gloria + 9' 06"
4  Settimio Simonini (ITA) U.S. Canelli + 15' 50"
5  Michele Benente (ITA) U.S. Canelli + 19' 40"
6  Walter Generati (ITA) Bianchi + 22' 02"
7  Cesare Del Cancia (ITA) Ganna + 24' 07"
8  Karl Litschi (SUI) Olympia + 29' 24"
9  Ruggero Balli (ITA) Bianchi + 32' 23"
10  Adalino Mealli (ITA) Wolsit + 38' 38"

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 (1–8)[2][3]
Rank Name Team Points
1  Giovanni Valetti (ITA) Pink jersey Fréjus 29
2  Giordano Cottur (ITA) Lygie 26
3  Ezio Cecchi (ITA) Gloria 18
4  Settimio Simonini (ITA) U.S. Canelli 13
5  Karl Litschi (SUI) Olympia 9
 Adalino Mealli (ITA) Wolsit
7  Severino Canavesi (ITA) Gloria 8
8  Bernardo Rogora (ITA) Gloria 5
 Michele Benente (ITA) U.S. Canelli
 Olimpio Bizzi (ITA) Fréjus

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.[2][4] If a team had fewer than three riders finish, they were not eligible for the classification.[4]

Final team classification (1–7)[2][4]
Rank Team Time
1 Gloria-Ambrosiana 340h 5' 28"
2 Bianchi + 3' 06"
3 Fréjus + 51' 18"
4 Ganna + 1h 49' 00"
5 Wolsit-S.C. Binda + 4h 22' 32"
6 Dei + 5h 15' 52"
7 Olympia + 9h 11' 44"

Groups classification[edit]

Final team classification (1–3)[4]
Rank Team Time
1 U.S. Canelli 243h 17' 44"
2 Il Littoriale + 2h 53' 47"
3 Dopolavoro Mater + 3h 36' 32"

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In 1938, there was no distinction in the rules between plain stages and mountain stages; the icons shown here indicate that the stages 2, 4a, 9, 14, 15, 16, 18a, and 18b included major mountains. The stage 7a individual time trial also contained a summit finish.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "La Stampa - Consultazione Archivio". Archived from the original on 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Bill and Carol McGann. "1938 Giro d'Italia". Bike Race Info. Dog Ear Publishing. Archived from the original on 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2012-07-10. 
  3. ^ a b c "Il Giro-Primato: 3754km. percorsi a 33,272 all'ora è vinto da Valetti" [The Tour-Primacy: 3,754 km ridden at 33.272 km per hour was won by Valetti]. Il Littoriale (in Italian). Milan, Italy. 30 May 1938. p. 1. Archived from the original on 14 July 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Il valore del rinnovato spirito di gara nelle cifre del XXVI Giro d'Italia" [The value of the renewed spirit of competition in the figures of the XXVI Tour of Italy]. Il Littoriale (in Italian). Milan, Italy. 30 May 1938. p. 3. Archived from the original on 14 July 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2013.