1926 Giro d'Italia

1926 Giro d'Italia
Race Route
Race details
Dates 15 May – 6 June
Stages 12
Distance 3,249.7 km (2,019 mi)
Winning time 137h 55' 59"
Winner  Giovanni Brunero (ITA) (Legnano)
Second  Alfredo Binda (ITA) (Legnano)
Third  Arturo Bresciani (ITA) (Bianchi)

Team Legnano

The 1926 Giro d'Italia was the 14th edition of the Giro d'Italia, a cycling race organized and sponsored by the newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport. The race began on 15 May in Milan with a stage that stretched 275 km (171 mi) to Turin, finishing back in Milan on 6 June after a 288 km (179 mi) stage and a total distance covered of 3,249.7 km (2,019 mi). The race was won by the Giovanni Brunero of the Legnano team. Second and third respectively were the Italian riders Alfredo Binda and Arturo Bresciani.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7]


Of the 206 riders that began the Giro d'Italia on 15 May, 40 of them made it to the finish in Milan on 6 June. Riders were allowed to ride on their own or as a member of a team. There were six teams that competed in the race: Berrenttini, Ganna, Legnano, Météore, Olympia, and Wolsit.[8] Eighteen of the 206 riders were on a team.[8]

The peloton was primarily composed of Italians.[8] The field featured two former Giro d'Italia champions in two-time winners Costante Girardengo and Giovanni Brunero, 1924 winner Giuseppe Enrici, and returning champion Alfredo Binda.[8] Other notable Italian riders that started the race included Giovanni Rossignoli and Angelo Gremo.[8]

Final standings

Stage results

Stage results[8]
Stage Date Course Distance Type[Notes 1] Winner Race Leader
1 15 May Milan to Turin 275 km (171 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Domenico Piemontesi (ITA)  Domenico Piemontesi (ITA)
2 17 May Turin to Genoa 250.5 km (156 mi) Plain stage  Domenico Piemontesi (ITA)  Domenico Piemontesi (ITA)
3 19 May Genoa to Florence 312 km (194 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Alfredo Binda (ITA)  Domenico Piemontesi (ITA)
4 21 May Florence to Rome 287.2 km (178 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Costante Girardengo (ITA)  Costante Girardengo (ITA)
5 23 May Rome to Naples 232.1 km (144 mi) Plain stage  Costante Girardengo (ITA)  Costante Girardengo (ITA)
6 25 May Naples to Foggia 262.9 km (163 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Alfredo Binda (ITA)  Costante Girardengo (ITA)
7 27 May Foggia to Sulmona 250.8 km (156 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Alfredo Binda (ITA)  Giovanni Brunero (ITA)
8 29 May Sulmona to Terni 266.5 km (166 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Giovanni Brunero (ITA)  Giovanni Brunero (ITA)
9 31 May Terni to Bologna 357.8 km (222 mi) Plain stage  Alfredo Binda (ITA)  Giovanni Brunero (ITA)
10 2 June Bologna to Udine 355.2 km (221 mi) Plain stage  Pierino Bestetti (ITA)  Giovanni Brunero (ITA)
11 4 June Udine to Verona 291.7 km (181 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Alfredo Binda (ITA)  Giovanni Brunero (ITA)
12 6 June Verona to Milan 288 km (179 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Alfredo Binda (ITA)  Giovanni Brunero (ITA)
Total 3,429.7 km (2,131 mi)

General classification

There were 40 cyclists who had completed all twelve 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)[8][9]
Rank Name Team Time
1  Giovanni Brunero (ITA) Legnano 137h 55' 59"
2  Alfredo Binda (ITA) Legnano + 15' 28"
3  Arturo Bresciani (ITA) Olympia + 54' 41"
4  Ermanno Vallazza (ITA) Legnano + 1h 11' 38"
5  Giuseppe Enrici (ITA) + 1h 15' 57"
6  Pierino Bestetti (ITA) Wolsit + 1h 26' 00"
7  Gianbattista Gilli (ITA) Olympia + 2h 02' 52"
8  Angelo Gremo (ITA) Météore + 3h 16' 58"
9  Michele Robotti (ITA) Berrettini + 3h 41' 39"
10  Ezio Cortesia (ITA) Ganna + 3h 59' 18"


  1. In 1926, there was no distinction in the rules between plain stages and mountain stages; the icons shown here indicate that the first, third, fourth, sixth, seventh, eighth, eleventh, and twelfth stages included major mountains.


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