19th Giro d'Italia 1931 (Italy)

 
   
 
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
 

Camusso's Late Charge to Victory

SPECIAL NOTE: Innovation in 1931 featured a distinctive race leader's jersey, the Maglia Rosa. Stage 1 winner Learco Guerra received the honor of wearing the ever Maglia Rosa. The jersey's color was the same as the newspaper page of the lead sponsor La Gazetta della Sport .

A very tight battle for the overall classification and the Maglia Rosa was taken into the final 3 stages of the 1931 Giro d'Italia. The early stages saw “Campionissimo” Alfredo Binda hold a slim lead until disaster struck after a hard crash on stage 5 from Pescara to Napoli. Binda finished the stage but abandoned as the race leader before stage 6.

The struggle for race leadership continued through stage 10. Luigi Giacobbe and Franesco Camusso finished a breakaway 1st and 2nd with Luigi Giacobbe taking a 23 second GC lead over Camusso. There was only one (mountain) stage remaining before the finish in Milan, when Francesco Camusso launched a Giro winning solo attack to win stage 11. Camusso into stage 11 finish in Torino 3'10” ahead of the race leader.

The next day Franesco Camusso rode into Milan to claim the 1931 Giro d'Italia victory.

Stage Winner

Race Leader

Stage 1 Milan-Mantova, 206 km

Learco Guerra (Ita)

Learco Guerra (Ita) * 1st

Stage 2 Mantova-Ravenna, 216 km

Learco Guerra (Ita)

Learco Guerra (Ita)

Stage 3 Ravenna-Macerata, 288 km

Alfredo Binda (Ita)

Alfredo Binda (Ita)

Stage 4 Macerata-Pescara, 234 km

Alfredo Binda (Ita)

Alfredo Binda (Ita)

Stage 5 Pescara-Napoli, 282 km

Michele Mara (Ita)

Alfredo Binda (Ita)

Stage 6 Napoli-Rome, 265 km

Ettore Meini (Ita)

Michele Mara (Ita)

Stage 7 Rome-Perugia, 247 km

Learco Guerra (Ita)

Luigi Marchisio (Ita)

Stage 8 Perugia-Montecatini, 246 km

Learco Guerra (Ita)

Luigi Marchisio (Ita)

Stage 9 Montecatini-Genova, 248 km

Michele Mara (Ita)

Luigi Marchisio (Ita)

Stage 10 Genova-Cuneo, 263 km

Luigi Giacobbe (Ita)

Luigi Giacobbe (Ita)

Stage 11 Cuneo-Torino, 252 km

Francesco Camusso (Ita)

Francesco Camusso (Ita)

Stage 12 Torino-Milan, 263 km

Ambrogio Morelli (Ita)

Francesco Camusso (Ita)

 

GdI May 10-May 31, 1931

3,010 Km

1. Francesco CAMUSSO (Ita) 102h40'46"

2. Luigi Giacobbe (Ita) +2'47"
3. Luigi Marchisio (Ita) +6'15"
Starters: 109

Finishers: 65

Average Speed: 29.332 km/h

 

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