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1st World Championship Road Race 1927


By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian









Alfredo Binda!

The first edition of the World Championship Road Race was held in Adenau, Germany at Nürburgring on July 21, 1927. The Championship race covered 182.5 km by 55 riders (22 professional and 33 amateurs) with an all Italian podium.

SPECIAL NOTE: The schedule of the first World Road Race Championship came just 4 days after the finish of the TdF and kept most of the stars of 1927 away from Nürburgring, Germany.

1927 Giro d'Italia winner Alfredo Binda broke away from Italian teammates Costante Girardengo and Domenico Piemontesi to become the first World Road Race Champion.

SPECIAL NOTE: The 1927 WCRR was the start of a bitter “Italian” rivalry. Before the race the Italian National team agreed to pool and split the prize money. Binda was chosen to breakaway but after winning he reneged on the agreement. Binda and Girardengo did not speak for years.

WCRR July 21, 1927
182.5 Km [ Adenau, Germany (Nurbergring) ]

1. Alfredo BINDA (Ita) 6h37'29

2. Costante Girardengo (Ita) +7'16

3. Domenico Piemontesi (Ita) +10'51

Starters: 55
Finishers: 28
Average Speed: 27.545 km/h

WCRR 1928

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