18th Giro d'Italia 1930 (Italy)

 
   
 
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
 

Marchisio Wins a "Binda-less" Giro Victory

Defending Giro champion Alfredo Binda was so dominate in 1929 and 1930 Giro d'Italia organizers feared the race was losing popularity. Binda was so powerful he was paid 22,500 lira not to complete in 1930.

With no clear favorite Luigi Marchisio won Stages 3 in Messina and Stage 4 in Catanzaro to take a 4 minute plus lead on second place in the Overall Classification.

Marchisio's main contender Luigi Giacobbe (Ita) gained back 4'03" on hilly finish of Stage 6 into Salerno. The race leader's time gap was cut to 33" to make the race close.

Marchisio than proceeded to systematically control all his closest competitors through the mountain stages. He and Giacobbe matched each other "pedal stroke for pedal stroke", neither one breaking the other.

A very young Luigi Marchisio (21 years 1 month and 13 days old) rode into Milan with a 52 second lead to claim the 1930 Giro d'Italia victory.

Stage and Distance

Stage Winner

Race Leader

Stage 1 Messina-Catania, 174 km

Michele Mara (Ita)

Michele Mara (Ita)

Stage 2 Catania-Palermo, 280 km

Leonida Frascarelli (Ita)

Antonio Negrini (Ita)

Stage 3 Palermo-Messina, 257 km

Luigi Marchisio (Ita)

Luigi Marchisio (Ita)

Stage 4 Reggio Calabria-Catanzaro, 173 km

Luigi Marchisio (Ita)

Luigi Marchisio (Ita)

Stage 5 Catanzaro-Cosenza, 118 km

Domenico Piemontesi (Ita)

Luigi Marchisio (Ita)

Stage 6 Cosenza-Salerno, 292 km

Allegro Grandi (Ita)

Luigi Marchisio (Ita)

Stage 7 Salerno-Napoli, 180 km

Raffaele Di Paco (Ita)

Luigi Marchisio (Ita)

Stage 8 Napoli-Rome, 247 km

Learco Guerra (Ita)

Luigi Marchisio (Ita)

Stage 9 Rome-Teramo, 203 km

Michele Mara (Ita)

Luigi Marchisio (Ita)

Stage 10 Teramo-Ancona, 185 km

Michele Mara (Ita)

Luigi Marchisio (Ita)

Stage 11 Ancona-Forli, 182 km

Learco Guerra (Ita)

Luigi Marchisio (Ita)

Stage 12 Forli-Rovigo, 188 km

Michele Mara (Ita)

Luigi Marchisio (Ita)

Stage 13 Rovigo-Asiago, 150 km

Antonio Pesenti (Ita)

Luigi Marchisio (Ita)

Stage 14 Asiago-Brescia, 186 km

Leonida Frascarelli (Ita)

Luigi Marchisio (Ita)

Stage 15 Brescia-Milan, 280 km

Michele Mara (Ita)

Luigi Marchisio (Ita)

 

GdI May 17-June 8, 1930

3,097 Km

1. Luigi MARCHISIO (Ita) 115h11'55"

2. Luigi Giacobbe (Ita) +52"
3. Allegro Grandi (Ita) +1'49"
Starters: 115

Finishers: 67

Average Speed: 26.878 km/h

GdI 1929

GdI 1931

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