1932 Giro d'Italia

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1932 Giro d'Italia
Giro Italia 1932-map.png
Race Route
Race details
Dates 14 May – 5 June
Stages 13
Distance 3,235 km (2,010 mi)
Winning time 105h 42' 41" (30.59 km/h or 19.01 mph)
Winner  Antonio Pesenti (ITA) (Wolsit)
Second  Jef Demuysere (BEL) (Ganna)
Third  Remo Bertoni (ITA) (Gloria)

Team Legnano

The 1932 Giro d'Italia was the 20th edition of the Giro d'Italia, a cycling race organized and sponsored by the newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport. The race began on 14 May in Milan with a stage that stretched 207 km (129 mi) to Vicenza, finishing back in Milan on 5 June after a 271 km (168 mi) stage and a total distance covered of 3,235 km (2,010 mi). The race was won by the Antonio Pesenti of the Wolsit team. Second and third respectively were the Belgian Jef Demuysere and Italian Remo Bertoni.

It was one of the last participations of Costante Girardengo, 39 years old, who classified second in the first stage, but then ritired during the fifth stage. The 47-year-old age Giovanni Gerbi, nicknamed "the Red Devil", also took part, but also didn't succeed in concluding the race.


Of the 109 riders that began the Giro d'Italia on 14 May, 66 of them made it to the finish in Milan on 5 June. Riders were allowed to ride on their own or as a member of a team. There were ten teams that competed in the race: Atala-Hutchinson, Bianchi-Pirelli, France Sport-Pirelli, Ganna-Dunlop, Gloria-Hutchinson, Ilva-Pirelli, Legnano-Hutchinson, Maino-Clément, Olympia-Superga, and Wolsit-Hutchinson.[1]

The peloton was primarily composed of Italians.[1] The field featured four former Giro d'Italia champions in four-time winner Alfredo Binda, two-time champion Costante Girardengo, 1920 winner Gaetano Belloni, and reigning winner Francesco Camusso.[1] Other notable Italian riders that started the race included Learco Guerra, Giovanni Gerbi, Felice Gremo, and Domenico Piemontesi.[1] The reigning winner of the Tour de France, Frenchman Antonin Magne, raced started the Giro, along with Belgian Jef Demuysere who finished second at the 1931 Tour de France.[1]

Final standings[edit]

Stage results[edit]

Stage results[1]
Stage Date Course Distance Type[Notes 1] Winner Race Leader
1 14 May Milan to Vicenza 207 km (129 mi) Plain stage  Learco Guerra (ITA)  Learco Guerra (ITA)
2 15 May Vicenza to Udine 183 km (114 mi) Plain stage  Hermann Buse (GER)  Hermann Buse (GER)
3 17 May Udine to Ferrara 225 km (140 mi) Plain stage  Fabio Battesini (ITA)  Hermann Buse (GER)
4 18 May Ferrara to Rimini 215 km (134 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Learco Guerra (ITA)  Hermann Buse (GER)
5 20 May Rimini to Teramo 286 km (178 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Raffaele Di Paco (ITA)  Hermann Buse (GER)
6 22 May Teramo to Lanciano 220 km (137 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Learco Guerra (ITA)  Hermann Buse (GER)
7 24 May Lanciano to Foggia 280 km (174 mi) Plain stage  Antonio Pesenti (ITA)  Antonio Pesenti (ITA)
8 26 May Foggia to Naples 217 km (135 mi) Plain stage  Learco Guerra (ITA)  Antonio Pesenti (ITA)
9 28 May Naples to Rome 265 km (165 mi) Plain stage  Learco Guerra (ITA)  Antonio Pesenti (ITA)
10 30 May Rome to Florence 321 km (199 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Ettore Meini (ITA)  Antonio Pesenti (ITA)
11 1 June Florence to Genoa 276 km (171 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Remo Bertoni (ITA)  Antonio Pesenti (ITA)
12 3 June Genoa to Turin 267 km (166 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Ettore Meini (ITA)  Antonio Pesenti (ITA)
13 5 June Turin to Milan 271 km (168 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Learco Guerra (ITA)  Antonio Pesenti (ITA)
Total 3,235 km (2,010 mi)

General classification[edit]

There were 66 cyclists who had completed all thirteen 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  Antonio Pesenti (ITA) Pink jersey Wolsit 105h 42' 41"
2  Jef Demuysere (BEL) Ganna + 11' 09"
3  Remo Bertoni (ITA) Legnano + 12' 27"
4  Learco Guerra (ITA) Maino + 16' 34"
5  Kurt Stöpel (GER) Atala + 17' 21"
6  Michele Mara (ITA) Bianchi + 17' 34"
7  Alfredo Binda (ITA) Legnano + 19' 27"
8  Luigi Barral (ITA) Olympia + 25' 01"
9  Felice Gremo (ITA) Legnano + 27' 24"
10  Renato Scorticati (ITA) Olympia + 37' 56"

Team classification[edit]

Final team classification (1–7)[3]
Rank Team Time
1 Legnano-Hutchinson 318h 07' 21"
2 Ganna-Dunlop + 47' 02"
3 Maino-Clement + 1h 16' 30"
4 Olympia-Superga + 1h 25' 12"
5 Atala-Hutchinson + 1h 58' 32"
6 Bianchi-Pirelli + 3h 22' 34"
7 France Sport-Pirelli + 4h 41' 17"

Il Trofeo Magno[edit]

Il Trofeo Magno (English: the Great Trophy) was a classification for independent Italian riders competing in the race.[4] The riders were divided into teams based on the region of Italy they were from.[4] The calculation of the standings was the same for the team classification.[4] At the end of the race, a trophy was awarded to the winning team and it was then stored at the Federal Secretary of the P.N.P. in their respective province.[4]

Final Il Trofeo Magno classification (1–3)[3]
Rank Team Time
1 Calabria-Sicilia 325h 43' 22"
2 Campania + 1h 50' 01"
3 Puglie + 11h 30' 14"


  1. ^ In 1932, 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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  2. ^ "La classifica generale" [The general classification]. Il Littoriale (in Italian). 6 June 1932. p. 1. Archived from the original on 4 January 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "I lettori e gli atleti del Giro" [Readers and athletes of the Tour]. Il Littoriale (in Italian). 7 June 1932. p. 2. Archived from the original on 4 January 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Impressioni e interviste durante la punzonatura" [Impressions and interviews during punching]. Il Littoriale (in Italian). 6 May 1933. p. 2. Archived from the original on 14 July 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2013.