|Given for||Last overall|
|English name||Black jersey|
|Local name||Maglia Nera (in Italian)|
|First winner||Luigi Malabrocca (ITA)|
Luigi Malabrocca (ITA)
|Most recent||Giovanni Pinarello (ITA)|
There was real competition to win this particular jersey. Especially noted are the struggles between Sante Carollo and Luigi Malabrocca, to see who could waste the most time. Each tried to lose more time than the other by hiding in bars, barns, and behind hedges, or even by puncturing their own wheels. In 1948 the honor was awarded to the Tuscan Aldo Bini, who according to some journalists and fans of the time, stubbornly continued the race until the end, despite a broken right hand suffered in a mass crash, and the suffering that especially in the mountain stages forced him to get off the bike and push it uphill. The special ability of the black jersey was, in addition to not being "discovered", to reach the finish directly within the maximum time.
The term "maglia nera" was later used in other contexts to indicate the bottom club in a league, often giving it a negative connotation.
|1946||Luigi Malabrocca (ITA)||Milan-Gazzetta||69h 41' 54"|
|1947||Luigi Malabrocca (ITA)||Welter||121h 47' 27"|
|1948||Aldo Bini (ITA)||Benotto||128h 59' 43"|
|1949||Sante Carollo (ITA)||Wilier Triestina||135h 22' 57"|
|1950||Mario Gestri (ITA)||Bartali||122h 28' 37"|
|1951||Giovanni Pinarello (ITA)||Bottecchia||124h 37' 48"|
- "Giro, la Maglia nera diventa Numero nero - Gazzetta dello Sport". Gazzetta.it. Retrieved 2012-08-04.