1933 Giro d'Italia
|Dates||6 – 28 May|
|Distance||3,343 km (2,077 mi)|
|Winning time||111h 01' 52" (30.04 km/h or 18.67 mph)|
|Winner||Alfredo Binda (ITA)||(Legnano)|
|Second||Jef Demuysere (BEL)||(Génial Lucifer)|
|Third||Domenico Piemontesi (ITA)||(Génial Lucifer)|
|Mountains||Alfredo Binda (ITA)||(Legnano)|
The 1933 Giro d'Italia was the 21st edition of the Giro d'Italia, a cycling race organized and sponsored by the newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport. The race began on 6 May in Milan with a stage that stretched 169 km (105 mi) to Turin, finishing back in Milan on 28 May after a 284 km (176 mi) stage and a total distance covered of 3,343 km (2,077 mi). The race was won by the Alfredo Binda of the Legnano team. Second and third respectively were the Belgian Jef Demuysere and Italian Domenico Piemontesi.
This 20th edition covered 3,343 km at an average speed of 30.043 km/h, for a total of 17 stages.
Of the 97 riders that began the Giro d'Italia on 6 May, 51 of them made it to the finish in Milan on 28 May. Riders were allowed to ride on their own or as a member of a team; 51 riders competed as members of a team, while the remaining 46 were independent riders. There were nine teams that competed in the race: Bestetti-d'Alessandro, Bianchi-Pirelli, Dei-Pirelli, Ganna-Hutchinson, Girardengo-Clément, Gloria-Hutchinson, Legnano-Hutchinson, Maino-Clément, and Olympia-Spiga.
The peloton was primarily composed of Italians. The field featured five former Giro d'Italia champions in four-time winner Alfredo Binda, two-time champion Costante Girardengo, single race winners Luigi Marchisio and Francesco Camusso, and reigning winner Antonio Pesenti. Other notable Italian riders that started the race included Learco Guerra, Giuseppe Olmo, Remo Bertoni, Felice Gremo, and Domenico Piemontesi. Notable non-Italian entrants included: Previous year podium finisher Jef Demuysere, Spanish climber Vicente Trueba, and renowned French cyclist René Vietto. Of all the entrants, Guerra was seen as the favorite to win the race after his victory in the Milan–San Remo earlier in the season.
Route and stages
La Gazzetta announced the route in March 1933.
|1||6 May||Milan to Turin||169 km (105 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Learco Guerra (ITA)|
|2||7 May||Turin to Genoa||216 km (134 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Alfredo Binda (ITA)|
|3||8 May||Genoa to Pisa||191 km (119 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Learco Guerra (ITA)|
|9 May||Rest day|
|4||10 May||Pisa to Florence||184 km (114 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Giuseppe Olmo (ITA)|
|5||11 May||Florence to Grosseto||193 km (120 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Learco Guerra (ITA)|
|6||12 May||Grosseto to Rome||212 km (132 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Mario Cipriani (ITA)|
|13 May||Rest day|
|7||14 May||Rome to Naples||228 km (142 mi)||Plain stage||Gerard Loncke (BEL)|
|8||15 May||Naples to Foggia||195 km (121 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Alfredo Binda (ITA)|
|16 May||Rest day|
|9||17 May||Foggia to Chieti||248 km (154 mi)||Plain stage||Alfredo Binda (ITA)|
|10||18 May||Chieti to Ascoli Piceno||158 km (98 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Alfredo Binda (ITA)|
|19 May||Rest day|
|11||20 May||Ascoli Piceno to Riccione||208 km (129 mi)||Plain stage||Fernand Cornez (FRA)|
|12||21 May||Riccione to Bologna||189 km (117 mi)||Plain stage||Giuseppe Olmo (ITA)|
|13||22 May||Bologna to Ferrara||62 km (39 mi)||Individual time trial||Alfredo Binda (ITA)|
|23 May||Rest day|
|14||24 May||Ferrara to Udine||242 km (150 mi)||Plain stage||Ettore Meini (ITA)|
|15||25 May||Udine to Bassano del Grappa||213 km (132 mi)||Plain stage||Ettore Meini (ITA)|
|16||26 May||Bassano del Grappa to Bolzano||148 km (92 mi)||Plain stage||Gerard Loncke (BEL)|
|27 May||Rest day|
|17||28 May||Bolzano to Milan||284 km (176 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Alfredo Binda (ITA)|
|Total||3,343 km (2,077 mi)|
The leader of the general classification – calculated by adding the stage finish times of each rider – wore a pink jersey. This classification is the most important of the race, and its winner is considered as the winner of the Giro.
In the mountains classification, the race organizers selected different mountains that the route crossed and awarded points to the riders who crossed them first. There were four mountains that were given points towards the mountains classification: the Passo del Tonale, the Osteria della Crocetta, the Castelnuovo della Daunia, and the Castelnuovo Val di Cecina. Alfredo Binda was the first rider to cross each of the four mountains.
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. If a team had fewer than three riders finish, they were not eligible for the classification.
Il Trofeo Magno (English: the Great Trophy) was a classification for independent Italian riders competing in the race. The riders were divided into teams based on the region of Italy they were from. The calculation of the standings was the same for the team classification. 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.
The rows in the following table correspond to the jerseys awarded after that stage was run.
||Mountains classification||Team classification||Il Trofeo Magno|
|1||Learco Guerra||Learco Guerra||not awarded||Ganna||Lombardia|
|2||Alfredo Binda||Alfredo Binda|
|5||Learco Guerra||Jef Demuysere||Alfredo Binda||Legnano|
|8||Alfredo Binda||Alfredo Binda|
|Final||Alfredo Binda||Alfredo Binda||Legnano||Piemonte|
|Denotes the winner of the General classification|
|1||Alfredo Binda (ITA)||Legnano||111h 42' 41"|
|2||Jef Demuysere (BEL)||Ganna||+ 12' 34"|
|3||Domenico Piemontesi (ITA)||Legnano||+ 16' 31"|
|4||Alfredo Bovet (ITA)||Bianchi||+ 19' 47"|
|5||Allegro Grandi (ITA)||Dei||+ 21' 33"|
|6||Carlo Moretti (ITA)||Dei||+ 26' 16"|
|7||Ludwig Geyer (GER)||Legnano||+ 27' 17"|
|8||Kurt Stöpel (GER)||Legnano||+ 28' 22"|
|9||Mario Cipriani (ITA)||Ganna||+ 30' 28"|
|10||Camillo Erba (ITA)||—||+ 30' 30"|
|1||Alfredo Binda (ITA)||Legnano||?|
|2||Alfredo Bovet (ITA)||Bianchi||?|
|3||Remo Bertoni (ITA)||Bianchi||?|
|1||Legnano||334h 01' 15"|
|2||Dei||+ 34' 16"|
|3||Bianchi||+ 53' 27"|
|4||Gloria||+ 1h 03' 07"|
|5||Ganna||+ 1h 04' 07"|
|6||Olympia||+ 1h 42' 52"|
Il Trofeo Magno classification
|1||Piemonte||334h 01' 15"|
|2||Lombardia||+ 24' 41"|
|3||Emilia||+ 54' 36"|
|4||Toscana||+ 1h 09' 52"|
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