1923 Giro d'Italia

1923 Giro d'Italia
Route of the 11th Giro d'Italia,
run anti-clockwise from Milan to Milan
Race details
Dates 23 May - 10 June
Stages 10
Distance 3,202.7 km (1,990 mi)
Winning time 143h 43' 37"
Winner  Costante Girardengo (ITA) (Maino)
Second  Giovanni Brunero (ITA) (Legnano)
Third  Bartolomeo Aymo (ITA) (Atala)

Team Legnano

The 1923 Giro d'Italia was the 11th edition of the Giro d'Italia, a cycling race organized and sponsored by the newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport. The race began on 23 May in Milan with a stage that stretched 328 km (204 mi) to Turin, finishing back in Milan on 10 June after a 341.3 km (212 mi) stage and a total distance covered of 3,202.7 km (1,990 mi). The race was won by the Italian rider Costante Girardengo of the Maino team. Second and third respectively were the Italian riders Giovanni Brunero and Bartolomeo Aymo.

This year saw the debutant Ottavio Bottecchia finish in 5th place overall, and the leading 'isolate' (rider without a team). Bottecchia caught the attention of French rider Henri Pélissier, who instigated his glorious Tour de France career.


Of the 96 or 97 riders that began the Giro d'Italia on 23 May, 38 of them made it to the finish in Milan on 10 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: Atala, Legnano, and Maino.[1]

The peloton was completely composed of Italians.[1] The field featured two former Giro d'Italia champions in the 1919 Giro d'Italia winner Costante Girardengo and returning champion Giovanni Brunero.[1] Other notable Italian riders that started the race included Bartolomeo Aymo, Ottavio Bottecchia, Angelo Gremo, and Giovanni Rossignoli.[1]

Final standings

Stage results

Stage results[1]
Stage Date Course Distance Type[Notes 1] Winner Race Leader
1 23 May Milan to Turin 328 km (204 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Costante Girardengo (ITA)  Costante Girardengo (ITA)
2 25 May Turin to Genoa 312.9 km (194 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Bartolomeo Aymo (ITA)  Bartolomeo Aymo (ITA)
3 27 May Genoa to Florence 265 km (165 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Costante Girardengo (ITA)  Bartolomeo Aymo (ITA)
4 29 May Florence to Rome 288.7 km (179 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Costante Girardengo (ITA)  Bartolomeo Aymo (ITA)
5 31 May Rome to Naples 281.5 km (175 mi) Plain stage  Costante Girardengo (ITA)  Bartolomeo Aymo (ITA)
6 2 June Naples to Chieti 283.1 km (176 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Costante Girardengo (ITA)  Costante Girardengo (ITA)
7 4 June Chieti to Bologna 383 km (238 mi) Plain stage  Costante Girardengo (ITA)  Costante Girardengo (ITA)
8 6 June Bologna to Trieste 362.2 km (225 mi) Plain stage  Costante Girardengo (ITA)  Costante Girardengo (ITA)
9 8 June Trieste to Mantua 357 km (222 mi) Plain stage  Alfredo Sivocci (ITA)  Costante Girardengo (ITA)
10 10 June Mantua to Milan 341.3 km (212 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Costante Girardengo (ITA)  Costante Girardengo (ITA)
Total 3,202.7 km (1,990 mi)

General classification

A man looking at a camera while posing.
Costante Girardengo won the Giro and also won eight of the ten stages.

There were 38 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  Costante Girardengo (ITA) Maino 122h 28' 17"
2  Giovanni Brunero (ITA) Legnano-Pirelli + 37"
3  Bartolomeo Aymo (ITA) Atala + 10' 25"
4  Federico Gay (ITA) Atala + 41' 25"
5  Ottavio Bottecchia (ITA) + 45' 49"
6  Giuseppe Enrici (ITA) Legnano-Pirelli + 49' 30"
7  Michele Gordini (ITA) Ganna + 52' 15"
8  Emilio Petiva (ITA) Maino + 55' 17"
9  Giovanni Trentarossi (ITA) Berrettini + 1h 00' 29"
10  Angelo Gremo (ITA) Maino + 1h 02' 06"


  1. In 1923, there was no distinction in the rules between plain stages and mountain stages; the icons shown here indicate that the first, second, third, fourth, sixth, and tenth stages included major mountains.


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Bill and Carol McGann. "1923 Giro d'Italia". Bike Race Info. Dog Ear Publishing. Archived from the original on 2013-06-29. Retrieved 2012-07-10.
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