1919 Giro d'Italia

1919 Giro d'Italia
Race Route
Race details
Dates 21 May – 8 June
Stages 10
Distance 2,984 km (1,854 mi)
Winning time 112h 51' 29"
Winner  Costante Girardengo (ITA) (Stucchi)
Second  Gaetano Belloni (ITA) (Bianchi)
Third  Marcel Buysse (BEL) (Bianchi)

Team Stucchi - Dunlop

The 1919 Giro d'Italia was the 7th edition of the Giro d'Italia, a cycling race organized and sponsored by the newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport. The race began on 21 May in Milan with a stage that stretched 302.8 km (188 mi) to Trento, finishing back in Milan on 8 June after a 277 km (172 mi) stage and a total distance covered of 2,984 km (1,854 mi). The race was won by the Italian rider Costante Girardengo of the Stucchi team. Second and third respectively were Italian Gaetano Belloni and Belgian Marcel Buysse.

Of 66 riders starting the race, only 15 completed it. The Giro (the first one after the Great War) had the first to stages arriving in the "unredeemed" cities of Trento and Trieste, and was literally dominated by Girardengo, who won seven stages. The '"eternal second" Gaetano Belloni won his first stage in the Giro.

This edition of the race was also characterised by the first stage victory by a Swiss rider and by the first non-Italian cyclist on the final podium: the Belgian Marcel Buysse.


Of the 63 riders that began the Giro d'Italia on 21 May, fifteen of them made it to the finish in Milan on 8 June.[1] Riders were allowed to ride on their own or as a member of a team. There were four teams that competed in the race: Bianchi Pirelli, Legnano-Pirelli, Peugeot-Tedeschi, and Stucchi-Dunlop.[1]

The peloton was almost completely composed of Italians.[1] The field featured two former Giro d'Italia champions in the three-time winner Carlo Galetti and Eberardo Pavesi who was a member of the 1912 Atala winning team.[1] Other notable Italian riders that started the race included Costante Girardengo, Angelo Gremo, Ezio Corlaita, and Giuseppe Santhià.[1]

Final standings

Stage results

Stage results[1][2]
Stage Date Course Distance Type[Notes 1] Winner Race Leader
1 21 May Milan to Trento 302.8 km (188 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Costante Girardengo (ITA)  Costante Girardengo (ITA)
2 23 May Trento to Trieste 334.3 km (208 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Costante Girardengo (ITA)  Costante Girardengo (ITA)
3 25 May Trieste to Ferrara 282 km (175 mi) Plain stage  Oscar Egg (SUI)  Costante Girardengo (ITA)
4 27 May Ferrara to Pescara 411.2 km (256 mi) Plain stage  Ezio Corlaita (ITA)  Costante Girardengo (ITA)
5 29 May Pescara to Naples 312.5 km (194 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Gaetano Belloni (ITA)  Costante Girardengo (ITA)
6 31 May Naples to Rome 203.8 km (127 mi) Plain stage  Costante Girardengo (ITA)  Costante Girardengo (ITA)
7 2 June Rome to Florence 350.8 km (218 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Costante Girardengo (ITA)  Costante Girardengo (ITA)
8 4 June Florence to Genoa 261.8 km (163 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Costante Girardengo (ITA)  Costante Girardengo (ITA)
9 6 June Genoa to Turin 248 km (154 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Costante Girardengo (ITA)  Costante Girardengo (ITA)
10 8 June Turin to Milan 277 km (172 mi) Plain stage  Costante Girardengo (ITA)  Costante Girardengo (ITA)
Total 2,984 km (1,854 mi)

General classification

A man looking at a camera while posing.
Costante Girardengo won the race after leading it from start to finish.

There were fifteen cyclists who had completed all ten 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][3][4]
Rank Name Team Time
1  Costante Girardengo (ITA) Stucchi-Dunlop 112h 51' 29"
2  Gaetano Belloni (ITA) Bianchi + 51' 56"
3  Marcel Buysse (BEL) Bianchi + 1h 05' 31"
4  Clemente Canepari (ITA) Stucchi-Dunlop + 1h 34' 35"
5  Ugo Agostoni (ITA) Bianchi + 1h 39' 39"
6  Angelo Gremo (ITA) Stucchi-Dunlop + 2h 20' 01"
7  Ezio Corlaita (ITA) Stucchi-Dunlop + 4h 12' 07"
8  Lauro Bordin (ITA) Maino + 4h 16' 32"
9  Giosuè Lombardi (ITA) + 4h 28' 33"
10  Ugo Ruggeri (ITA) + 6h 03' 51"

Points classification

There was a points based classification for the race.[4]

Final points classification (1–10)[4]
Rank Name Team Points
1  Costante Girardengo (ITA) Stucchi-Dunlop 21
2  Gaetano Belloni (ITA) Bianchi 46
3  Marcel Buysse (BEL) Bianchi 62
4  Clemente Canepari (ITA) Stucchi-Dunlop 73
5  Angelo Gremo (ITA) Stucchi-Dunlop 78
6  Ugo Agostoni (ITA) Bianchi 88
7  Ezio Corlaita (ITA) Stucchi-Dunlop 9?
8  Marcel Godivier (ITA) Bianchi 99
9  Giosuè Lombardi (ITA) 119
 Lauro Bordin (ITA) Maino


  1. In 1919, there was no distinction in the rules between plain stages and mountain stages; the icons shown here indicate that the first, second, fifth, seventh, eighth, and ninth stages included major mountains.
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