Alfredo Binda

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Alfredo Binda
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Personal information
Born (1902-08-11)11 August 1902
Cittiglio, Italy
Died 19 July 1986(1986-07-19) (aged 83)[
Cittiglio, Italy
Team information
Discipline Classics
Role Rider
Rider type Climber
Professional team(s)
1922
1923–1924
1925–1927
1928
1929–1936
Nice Sport
La Française
Legnano
Legnano/Mifa
Legnano
Major wins

Grand Tours

Giro d'Italia
General Classification (1925, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1933)
Mountain Classification (1933)

One-day races and Classics

Milan – San Remo (1929, 1931)
Giro di Lombardia (1925, 1926, 1927, 1931)

Alfredo Binda (11 August 1902 – 19 July 1986) was an Italian cyclist of the 1920s and 1930s, later trainer of Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali. Along with Giovanni Brunero and Carlo Galetti, Binda was among the first multiple Giro d'Italia champions, securing five victories between 1925 and 1933 that redefined the way stage races were ridden.[1] Handsome, rugged and talented, Alfredo Binda was undoubtedly the first superstar of the Giro d'Italia. A popular rider, Binda essentially became the archetypal modern stage racer way before his time. The legacy he left cycling with was his ability to combine the strength of a one-day Classics rider with an incredible climbing prowess.[1]

Three road world championship titles, five Giro wins, two Milan – San Remo crowns and four Giro di Lombardia victories all indicate the immense capabilities Binda possessed. His record of overall Giro titles wasn't equalled until another legendary Italian rider, Fausto Coppi, took his fifth title in 1953, and it has never been surpassed.

Although born in Cittiglio near Varese, Binda grew up in Nice, in southern France. Learning to become a plasterer, Binda could often be found at the cycling track. A real cycling talent, strong both in the mountains and in the individual time trialing, he was an all-arounder.

Binda became a professional in 1922, and although he scored several victories, his breakthrough came in 1925. First, he won the Giro d'Italia stage race (beating Costante Girardengo, the dominant cyclist at that time), and then the Giro di Lombardia classic. In both races, he would dominate in the years to come. He won the Giro a record five times in 1925, 1927, 1928, 1929 and 1933 (1933 was also the first year the Giro held a "King of the Mountains" competition, which Binda won too); he also won the Giro di Lombardia in 1925, 1926, 1927 and 1931. His dominance in the Giro was overwhelming: besides the five overall victories, he won 41 stages (a record only broken in 2003 by Mario Cipollini). In 1927, he won 12 out of 15 stages, and in 1929 he won 8 consecutive stages. Because of this domination, he was offered money not to compete in the Giro of 1930. Instead, he took part in that year's Tour de France, winning two stages.

In the World Championships, Binda was also very successful. He won the title three times in 1927, 1930 and 1932 (a record later equalled by Belgians Rik Van Steenbergen and Eddy Merckx and Spaniard Óscar Freire). In addition, he placed third in 1929. Other victories of Binda include the Italian Championships (four times), and Milan – San Remo (twice).

Società Ciclistica Alfredo Binda is named in his honor.[2]

Cycling Biography[edit]

Alfredo Binda, Marseille, 1924

Binda's incredible climbing talents helped give rise to a record 41 Giro stage wins, a record eclipsed only in 2003.

Les Clarke wrote of Binda:

He was back to his finest in the 1933 race, taking his fifth and final Giro title. The benchmark has only been equalled by two other riders - Eddy Merckx and Fausto Coppi ... In 1927, Binda was utterly dominant. He made it to the finish in Milan with an advantage of 27:24 after 3,758km of racing. After taking out the opening 288km stage from Milan to Turin, Binda led the race from start to finish in a display that was unprecedented. His feat that year has never been repeated since. It's unlikely that it ever will.

Palmarès[edit]

Source:[3]

1925
Giro d'Italia:
Jersey pink.svg Winner overall classification
Winner stage 6
Giro di Lombardia
1926
Giro di Lombardia
Giro del Piemonte
Giro d'Italia:
Winner stages 3, 6, 7, 9, 11 and 12
Italy Italian National Road Race Championship
1927
Giro d'Italia:
Jersey pink.svg Winner overall classification
Winner stages 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14 and 15 (12 stages, record for the Giro d'Italia)
Arc en ciel.svg World Road Cycling Championships
Giro di Lombardia
Giro del Piemonte
Italy Italian National Road Race Championship
1928
Giro d'Italia:
Jersey pink.svg Winner overall classification
Winner stages 2, 3, 4, 5, 10 and 11
Giro del Veneto
Italy Italian National Road Race Championship
1929
Giro d'Italia:
Jersey pink.svg Winner overall classification
Winner stages 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9
Milan – San Remo
Italy Italian National Road Race Championship
1930
Arc en ciel.svg World Road Cycling Championships
Tour de France:
Winner stages 8 and 9
1931
Milan – San Remo
Giro di Lombardia
Giro d'Italia:
Winner stages 3 and 4
1932
Arc en ciel.svg World Road Cycling Championships
1933
Giro d'Italia:
Jersey pink.svg Winner overall classification
Jersey green.svg Winner King of the Mountains classification
Winner stages 2, 8, 9, 10, 13, 17

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Alfredo Binda: The Giro's first superstar". Cyclingnews.com. 
  2. ^ "3 Valli Varesine". Società Ciclistica Alfredo Binda Varese. Retrieved 15 September 2010.  (Italian)
  3. ^ Alfredo Binda profile at Cycling Archives

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