1921 Giro d'Italia

1921 Giro d'Italia
Race Route
Race details
Dates 25 May – 12 June
Stages 10
Distance 3,107 km (1,931 mi)
Winning time 120h 24' 39"
Winner  Giovanni Brunero (ITA) (Legnano)
Second  Gaetano Belloni (ITA) (Bianchi)
Third  Bartolomeo Aymo (ITA) (Legnano)

Team Bianchi - Dunlop

The 1921 Giro d'Italia was the 9th edition of the Giro d'Italia, a cycling race organized and sponsored by the newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport. The race began on 25 May in Milan with a stage that stretched 333 km (207 mi) to Merano, finishing back in Milan on 12 June after a 305 km (190 mi) stage and a total distance covered of 3,107 km (1,931 mi). The race was won by the Italian rider Giovanni Brunero of the Legnano team. Second and third respectively were the Italian riders Gaetano Belloni and Bartolomeo Aymo.

During the 5th stage, on the "Altopiano delle Cinquemiglia" (in Abruzzo region), Girardengo suffered a legendary crisis: he got off his bike, drew a cross on the road and said: "Girardengo si ferma qui" (Girardengo stops here).


Of the 69 riders that began the Giro d'Italia on 25 May, 27 of them made it to the finish in Milan on 12 June.[1] Riders were allowed to ride on their own or as a member of a team. There were three teams that competed in the race: Bianchi-Dunlop, Legnano-Pirelli, and Stucchi-Pirelli.[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 1919 winner Costante Girardengo.[1] Other notable Italian riders that started the race included Bartolomeo Aymo, Angelo Gremo, Giovanni Rossignoli, and Giuseppe Santhià.[1]

Final standings

Stage results

Stage results[1]
Stage Date Course Distance Type[Notes 1] Winner Race Leader
1 25 May Milan to Merano 333 km (207 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Costante Girardengo (ITA)  Costante Girardengo (ITA)
2 27 May Merano to Bologna 348 km (216 mi) Plain stage  Costante Girardengo (ITA)  Costante Girardengo (ITA)
3 29 May Bologna to Perugia 321 km (199 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Costante Girardengo (ITA)  Costante Girardengo (ITA)
4 31 May Perugia to Chieti 328 km (204 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Costante Girardengo (ITA)  Costante Girardengo (ITA)
5 2 June Chieti to Naples 264 km (164 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Gaetano Belloni (ITA)  Gaetano Belloni (ITA)
6 4 June Naples to Rome 299 km (186 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Luigi Annoni (ITA)  Gaetano Belloni (ITA)
7 6 June Rome to Livorno 341 km (212 mi) Plain stage  Giovanni Brunero (ITA)  Giovanni Brunero (ITA)
8 8 June Livorno to Parma 242 km (150 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Luigi Annoni (ITA)  Giovanni Brunero (ITA)
9 10 June Parma to Turin 320 km (199 mi) Plain stage  Gaetano Belloni (ITA)  Giovanni Brunero (ITA)
10 12 June Turin to Milan 305 km (190 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Gaetano Belloni (ITA)  Giovanni Brunero (ITA)
Total 3,107 km (1,931 mi)

General classification

There were 27 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]
Rank Name Team Time
1  Giovanni Brunero (ITA) Legnano-Pirelli 120h 24' 39"
2  Gaetano Belloni (ITA) Bianchi + 41"
3  Bartolomeo Aymo (ITA) Legnano-Pirelli + 19' 47"
4  Lucien Buysse (BEL) Bianchi + 39' 00"
5  Angelo Gremo (ITA) Bianchi + 47' 28"
6  Federico Gay (ITA) Bianchi + 59' 33"
7  Alfredo Sivocci (ITA) Legnano-Pirelli + 1h 24' 27"
8  Clemente Canepari (ITA) Legnano-Pirelli + 2h 24' 08"
9  Giovanni Rossignoli (ITA) Bianchi + 2h 24' 25"
10  Luigi Annoni (ITA) Stucchi + 2h 36' 57"

Other classifications

There were two other classifications contested at the race. A points classification was won Giovanni Brunero and a team classification was won by Bianchi-Dunlop.[2]


  1. In 1921, there was no distinction in the rules between plain stages and mountain stages; the icons shown here indicate that the first, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, eighth, and tenth stages included major mountains.
  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Bill and Carol McGann. "1921 Giro d'Italia". Bike Race Info. Dog Ear Publishing. Retrieved 2012-07-10.
  2. "Brunero vince il IX "Giro d'Italia"" [Brunero wins the 9th "Tour of Italy"]. La Stampa (in Italian). Editrice La Stampa. 13 June 1921. p. 4. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
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