Learco Guerra

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Learco Guerra
Learco Guerra.jpg
Personal information
Full name Learco Guerra
Nickname Human Locomotive
Born (1902-10-14)October 14, 1902
Bagnolo San Vito, Italy
Died February 7, 1963(1963-02-07) (aged 60)
Milan, Italy
Team information
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Professional team(s)
1928–1935
1936–1939
1940
1941–1944
Maino
Legnano
Dei/Legnano
Dei
Major wins

Grand Tours

Giro d'Italia
General Classification (1934)

One-day races and Classics

Road Race World Championships (1931)
Italian National Road Race Championship (1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934)
Milan – San Remo (1933)
Giro di Lombardia (1934)
Infobox last updated on
June 18, 2008
Learco Guerra
Medal record
Competitor for  Italy
Road bicycle racing
World Championships
Gold 1931 Copenhagen Elite Men's Road Race
Silver 1930 Liège Elite Men's Road Race
Silver 1934 Leipzig Elite Men's Road Race

Learco Guerra (October 14, 1902 - February 7, 1963) was an Italian professional road racing cyclist. The highlight of his career was his overall win in the 1934 Giro d'Italia.

Laearco Guerra, born in San Nicolò Po, a frazione of Bagnolo San Vito in Lombardy, gained the nickname of "Human Locomotive" for his enduring quality in plain stages. After mediocre attempts to play football, Guerra became a professional cyclist in 1928, at 26. The following year he became Italian champion, racing as an independent or semi-professional.

In 1930 he won his first Italian National Road Race Championships, the first of five straight wins. That same year he came second in the Tour de France after Italy's leader, Alfredo Binda, proved in poor form. The race was won by the Frenchman, André Leducq. In 1931 Guerra won four stages of the Giro d'Italia but not the final victory. The same year he won the world cycling championship.

In 1933 Guerra was again second in the Tour de France, and he won the Milan – San Remo. In 1934 came his greatest success, 10 stages of the Giro d'Italia and the general classification. He was also second in the world championship.

Guerra set a record of victories in a single year that was beaten only in the 1970s. His fame was exploited by the Fascist government, which profited from his heroic status.

After retirement, he worked as a team manager for riders such as Hugo Koblet and Charly Gaul.

Affected by Parkinson's disease, he died in Milan in 1963.

Palmarès[edit]

1929
Coppa Diamante
Roncoferraro
Vignola-Modena
1930
Circuito Monte Berici
Coppa Caivano
Giro d'Italia:
9th place overall classification
Winner stage 8 and 11
Italy Italian National Road Race Championships
Torino
Tour de France:
2nd place overall classification
Wearing yellow jersey for seven days
Winner stages 2, 13 and 15
Predappio-Roma
1931
Coppa de la Victoria
Giro d'Italia:
Winner stages 1, 2, 7 and 8
Giro della Provincia Di Reggio Calabria
Milano
Arc en ciel.svg UCI Road World Championships – Men's road race
Italy Italian National Road Race Championships
1932
Giro d'Italia:
4th place overall classification
Winner stages 1, 4, 6, 8, 9 and 13
Giro di Campania
Giro di Toscana
Italy Italian National Road Race Championships
Predappio-Roma
1933
Bologna
Circuito Belfiore
Giro d'Italia:
Winner stages 1, 3 and 5
Milan – San Remo
Milano
Italy Italian National Road Race Championships
Tour de France:
2nd place overall classification
Winner stages 2, 6, 7 and 18
1934
Firenze
Giro d'Italia:
Jersey pink.svg Winner overall classification
Winner stages 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 14
Giro del Piemonte
Lugano
Milano-Modena
Italy Italian National Road Race Championships
Pavia
Giro di Campania
Azencriterium Milano
GP Valle Scrivia
Roma-Napoli-Roma
Giro di Lombardia
Giro della provincia Milano
1935
Giro d'Italia:
4th place overall classification
Winner stages 3, 4, 7, 8 and 10
Giro della Romagna
Six days of Antwerp (with Adolphe van Nevele)
Giro di Campania
Milan-Modena
Giro della Provincia Milano (with Fabio Battesini)
1936
Giro della Provincia Milano (with Gino Bartali)
1937
Circuito Cuneo
Giro d'Italia:
Winner stage 9
Lugano
Milano
1940
Circuito de Casalecchio di Reno
 Italy national track stayer championship

Grand Tours overall classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937
Pink jersey Giro - - 4 WD 1 WD WD WD
Yellow jersey Tour 2 - WD 2 - - - -
red jersey Vuelta - - - - - - - -

WD = Withdrew

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