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1931 Giro d'Italia

1931 Giro d'Italia
Race Route
Race Route
Race details
Dates10–30 May 1931
Distance3,012 km (1,872 mi)
Winning time102h 40' 46"
Winner  Francesco Camusso (ITA) (Gloria-Hutchinson)
  Second  Luigi Giacobbe (ITA) (Maino)
  Third  Luigi Marchisio (ITA) (Legnano)

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The 1931 Giro d'Italia was the 19th edition of the Giro d'Italia, organized and sponsored by the newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport. The race began on 10 May in Milan with a stage that stretched 206 km (128 mi) to Mantua, finishing back in Milan on 31 May after a 263 km (163 mi) stage and a total distance covered of 3,012 km (1,872 mi). The race was won by the Francesco Camusso of the Gloria team. Second and third respectively were the Italian riders Luigi Giacobbe and Luigi Marchisio.[1][2]

It was the first edition in which the leader used the pink jersey (maglia rosa) for the leader of the general classification. The first cyclist to wear it was Learco Guerra.


Of the 109 riders that began the Giro d'Italia on 10 May, 65 of them made it to the finish in Milan on 31 May. Riders were allowed to ride on their own or as a member of a team. There were seven teams that competed in the race: Bianchi-Pirelli, Ganna-Dunlop, Gloria-Hutchinson, Legnano-Hutchinson, Maino-Clément, Touring-Pirelli, and Olympia-Spiga.[3]

The peloton was primarily composed of Italians.[3] The field featured three former Giro d'Italia champions in four-time winner Alfredo Binda, single-time winner Gaetano Belloni, and reigning champion Luigi Marchisio.[3] Other notable Italian riders that started the race included Learco Guerra, Michele Mara, Felice Gremo, and Domenico Piemontesi.[3] Frenchman Antonin Magne — who would go on to win the Tour de France twice — competed in the race, as well as future world champion, Belgian rider Jean Aerts.[3] This race also saw the first Spanish riders compete with Mariano Cañardo and Ricardo Montero.[3]

Final standings

Stage results

Stage results[3]
Stage Date Course Distance Type[Notes 1] Winner Race Leader
1 10 May Milan to Mantua 206 km (128 mi) Plain stage  Learco Guerra (ITA)  Learco Guerra (ITA)
2 11 May Mantua to Ravenna 216 km (134 mi) Plain stage  Learco Guerra (ITA)  Learco Guerra (ITA)
3 13 May Ravenna to Macerata 288 km (179 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Alfredo Binda (ITA)  Alfredo Binda (ITA)
4 15 May Macerata to Pescara 234 km (145 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Alfredo Binda (ITA)  Alfredo Binda (ITA)
5 17 May Pescara to Naples 282 km (175 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Michele Mara (ITA)  Alfredo Binda (ITA)
6 19 May Naples to Rome 256 km (159 mi) Plain stage  Ettore Meini (ITA)  Michele Mara (ITA)
7 21 May Rome to Perugia 247 km (153 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Learco Guerra (ITA)  Luigi Marchisio (ITA)
8 23 May Perugia to Montecatini Terme 246 km (153 mi) Plain stage  Learco Guerra (ITA)  Luigi Marchisio (ITA)
9 25 May Montecatini Terme to Genoa 248 km (154 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Michele Mara (ITA)  Luigi Marchisio (ITA)
10 27 May Genoa to Cuneo 263 km (163 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Luigi Giacobbe (ITA)  Luigi Giacobbe (ITA)
11 29 May Cuneo to Turin 252 km (157 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Francesco Camusso (ITA)  Francesco Camusso (ITA)
12 31 May Turin to Milan 263 km (163 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Ambrogio Morelli (ITA)  Francesco Camusso (ITA)
Total 3,012 km (1,872 mi)

General classification

There were 65 cyclists who had completed all fifteen 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. Aristide Cavallini won the prize for best ranked isolati rider in the general classification.[4]

Final general classification (1–10)[3][5][6]
Rank Name Team Time
1  Francesco Camusso (ITA) Pink jersey Gloria-Hutchinson 102h 40' 46"
2  Luigi Giacobbe (ITA) Maino + 2' 47"
3  Luigi Marchisio (ITA) Legnano + 6' 15"
4  Aristide Cavallini (ITA) + 10' 15"
5  Ettore Balmamion (ITA) + 12' 15"
6  Augusto Zanzi (ITA) Ganna + 12' 16"
7  Antonio Pesenti (ITA) + 13' 50"
8  Ambrogio Morelli (ITA) Bianchi + 16' 59"
9  Felice Gremo (ITA) Legnano + 27' 05"
10  Eugenio Gestri (ITA) Legnano + 32' 25"


  1. ^ In 1931, there was no distinction in the rules between plain stages and mountain stages; the icons shown here indicate that the third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, ninth, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth stages included major mountains.
  1. ^ "La Stampa - Consultazione Archivio".
  2. ^ "La Stampa - Consultazione Archivio".
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Bill and Carol McGann. "1931 Giro d'Italia". Bike Race Info. Dog Ear Publishing. Archived from the original on 2014-02-27. Retrieved 2012-07-10.
  4. ^ "I vincitori delle categorie speciali" [The winners of the special categories]. Corriere dello Sport (in Italian). 14 June 1950. p. 6. Archived from the original on 22 December 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  5. ^ "Il XIX Giro d'Italia, ricco di lotta e d'imprevisti si e chiuso con lat vittoria del "garibaldino" Camusso" [The 19th Giro d'Italia, full of struggle and unexpected events, ended with a victory for the "garibaldino" Camusso]. Il Littoriale (in Italian). Milan, Italy. 1 June 1931e. p. 1. Archived from the original on 9 August 2018. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  6. ^ "El "comingman" Camusso definitive vencedor de la Vuelta a Italia" [The "comingman" Camusso definitive winner of the Tour of Italy] (PDF). El Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo S.A. 1 June 1931. p. 2. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
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