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1933 Giro d'Italia

1933 Giro d'Italia
Race Route
Race Route
Race details
Dates6–28 May 1933
Distance3,343 km (2,077 mi)
Winning time111h 01' 52"
Winner  Alfredo Binda (ITA) (Legnano)
  Second  Jef Demuysere (BEL) (Ganna)
  Third  Domenico Piemontesi (ITA) (Gloria)

  Mountains  Alfredo Binda (ITA) (Legnano)
  Team Legnano
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The 1933 Giro d'Italia was the 21st edition of the Giro d'Italia, 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 Alfredo Binda of the Legnano team (his fifth triumph in the Giro). Second and third respectively were the Belgian Jef Demuysere and Italian Domenico Piemontesi.[1][2][3]

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,[4] 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.[4] 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.[4][5]

The peloton was primarily composed of Italians.[5] 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.[5] Other notable Italian riders that started the race included Learco Guerra, Giuseppe Olmo, Remo Bertoni, Felice Gremo, and Domenico Piemontesi.[5] Notable non-Italian entrants included: Previous year podium finisher Jef Demuysere, Spanish climber Vicente Trueba, and renowned French cyclist René Vietto.[5] 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.[5]

Route and stages

La Gazzetta announced the route in March 1933.[6]

Stage results[5]
Stage Date Course Distance Type[Notes 1] Winner
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)

Classification leadership

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.[6][7] Race organizers chose to remove time bonuses for the sprint stage winners, the "winner for detachment," the first riders who cross a mountain.[6] The winner of the individual time trial – where riders contest the course starting in three minute increments – awarded a time bonus of two minutes and one minute to the first and second-place finishers, respectively.[6]

The race organizers allowed isolated riders to compete in the race, which had a separate classification calculated the same way as the general classification.[6] For the leader of this classification, a white jersey was awarded.[6]

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.[5] Alfredo Binda was the first rider to cross each of the four mountains.[5]

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.[5][8] If a team had fewer than three riders finish, they were not eligible for the classification.[5][8]

Il Trofeo Magno (English: the Great Trophy) was a classification for independent Italian riders competing in the race.[6][9] The riders were divided into teams based on the region of Italy they were from.[6][9] The calculation of the standings was the same for the team classification.[9] 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.[9]

The rows in the following table correspond to the jerseys awarded after that stage was run.

Stage Winner General classification
Best foreign rider Best independent rider Best isolati rider
Mountains classification Team classification Il Trofeo Magno
1 Learco Guerra Learco Guerra Jef Demuysere Camillo Erba Renato Scorticati not awarded Ganna Lombardia
2 Alfredo Binda Alfredo Binda Carlo Moretti Giovanni Cazzuliani
3 Learco Guerra
4 Giuseppe Olmo
5 Learco Guerra Jef Demuysere Alfredo Binda Legnano
6 Mario Cipriani Camillo Erba Piemonte
7 Gerard Loncke
8 Alfredo Binda Alfredo Binda Marco Giuntelli
9 Alfredo Binda Camillo Erba Lombardia
10 Alfredo Binda Antonio Folco Piemonte
11 Fernand Cornez
12 Giuseppe Olmo
13 Alfredo Binda Camillo Erba
14 Ettore Meini
15 Ettore Meini
16 Gerard Loncke
17 Alfredo Binda
Final Alfredo Binda Jef Demuysere Carlo Moretti Camillo Erba Alfredo Binda Legnano Piemonte

Final standings

  A pink jersey   Denotes the winner of the General classification

General classification

Final general classification (1–10)[5][10]
Rank Name Team Time
1  Alfredo Binda (ITA) Pink jersey Legnano 111h 42' 41"
2  Jef Demuysere (BEL) Ganna + 12' 34"
3  Domenico Piemontesi (ITA) Gloria + 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"

Foreign rider classification[edit]

Final foreign rider classification (1–10)[8]
Rank Name Team Time
1  Jef Demuysere (BEL) Ganna 111h 14' 26"
2  Ludwig Geyer (GER) Legnano + 14' 43"
3  Kurt Stöpel (GER) Legnano + 15' 48"
4  René Vietto (FRA) Olympia + 42' 43"
5  Karl Altenburger (GER) Olympia + 49' 43"
6  Hermann Buse (GER) Olympia + 51' 36"
7  Gérard Loncke (BEL) Ganna + 1h 04' 10"
8  Isidro Figueras (ESP) Bestetti + 1h 15' 10"
9  Marcel Bidot (FRA) Dei + 1h 17' 56"
10  Fernand Cornez (FRA) Dei + 1h 23' 01"

Independent rider classification[edit]

Final independent rider classification (1–10)[8]
Rank Name Time
1  Carlo Moretti (ITA) 111h 28' 06"
2  Camillo Erba (ITA) + 4' 14"
3  Antonio Folco (ITA) + 4' 39"
4  Carlo Romanatti (ITA) + 6' 28"
5  Armando Zucchini (ITA) + 13' 50"
6  Nino Sella (ITA) + 15' 01"
7  Marco Giuntelli (ITA) + 17' 19"
8  Carlo Rovida (ITA) + 17' 37"
9  Orlando Teani (ITA) + 30' 33"
10  Bernardo Rogora (ITA) + 32' 06"

Isolati rider classification[edit]

Final isolati rider classification (1–10)[8]
Rank Name Time
1  Camillo Erba (ITA) 111h 32' 22"
2  Antonio Folco (ITA) + 25"
3  Carlo Romanatti (ITA) + 2' 14"
4  Armando Zucchini (ITA) + 9' 36"
5  Marco Giuntelli (ITA) + 13' 05"
6  Renato Scorticati (ITA) + 24' 27"
7  Orlando Teani (ITA) + 26' 19"
8  Decimo Dell'Arsina (ITA) + 29' 45"
9  Cesare Facciani (ITA) + 30' 06"
10  Guglielmo Segato (ITA) + 43' 54"

Mountains classification[edit]

Final mountains classification (1–5)[11][12]
Rank Name Team Points
1  Alfredo Binda (ITA) Pink jersey Legnano 12
2  Alfredo Bovet (ITA) Bianchi 4
3  Remo Bertoni (ITA) Bianchi 3
4  Carlo Moretti (ITA) Dei 2
5  Jef Demuysere (BEL) Ganna 1
 Vicente Trueba (ESP) Bestetti
 René Vietto (FRA) Olympia

Team classification[edit]

Final team classification (1–5)[5][8]
Rank Team Time
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[edit]

Final Il Trofeo Magno classification (1–4)[8]
Rank Team Time
1 Piemonte 334h 01' 15"
2 Lombardia + 24' 41"
3 Emilia + 54' 36"
4 Toscana + 1h 09' 52"


  1. ^ In 1933, 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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