Luigi Ganna

Luigi Ganna

Luigi Ganna, posing in a studio in Varese, Italy, 18 June 1914
Personal information
Full name Luigi Ganna
Born (1883-12-01)December 1, 1883
Induno Olona, Italy
Died October 2, 1957(1957-10-02) (aged 73)
Team information
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Professional team(s)
1904 Individual
1905 Rudge Whitwort
1906 Bianchi/Rudge Whitwort
1907 Turkheimer
1908 Alycon/Atala
19091911 Atala
1912 Atala/Ganna
19131915 Ganna
Major wins

Grand Tours

Giro d'Italia
General Classification (1909)

One-day races and Classics

Milan–San Remo (1909)

Luigi Ganna (1 December 1883 2 October 1957) was an Italian professional road racing cyclist. He was the overall winner of the first Giro d'Italia, held in 1909, as well as the first Italian winner of the classic Milan–San Remo earlier that year. Further highlights in his career were his fifth place in the 1908 Tour de France and several podium places in Italian classic races.[1] In 1908 he set a new Italian hour record, which he held for six years.

He was born in Induno Olona, near Varese, in Lombardy. Before becoming a professional cyclist, he worked as a bricklayer, commuting up to 100 km to work by bike.[1]

Major results

3rd Giro di Lombardia
3rd Giro di Lombardia
3rd Giro del Piemonte
2nd Overall Giro della Sicilia
1st 2 Stages
3rd Giro di Lombardia
4th Milan–San Remo
2nd Milan–San Remo
2nd Giro di Lombardia
3rd Roma–Napoli–Roma
5th Tour de France
1st Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Stages 4, 5 & 7
1st Milan-San Remo
3rd Giro dell'Emilia
6th Giro di Lombardia
1st Giro dell'Emilia
2nd Giro di Lombardia
2nd Italian National Road Race Championships
2nd Roma–Napoli–Roma
3rd Overal Giro d'Italia
1st Stages 5, 7 & 10
3rd Milan–San Remo
3rd Roma–Napoli–Roma
1st Stage 1
5th Giro d'Italia
6th Milan–San Remo


  1. 1 2 "Luigi Ganna". Cycling Archives. Retrieved 1 June 2014.
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