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6th World Championship Road Race 1932


By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian













Binda Takes Rome by Storm

The 1932 World Championship Road Race was held in Rome, Italy. The format of the race returned to a mass start event. The race was 206.1 km run over 3 laps of a 68.7 km circuit with the difficult climb of the La Rocca di Papa every lap.

SPECIAL NOTE: In instructions to the National team Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini left little doubt that an Italian was to win the race. The pressure was on the very powerful Italian National team.

Two-time World Champion Alfredo Binda broke away with Italian teammate Remo Bertoni midway through the race. An inspired Binda broke away again and droppe Bertoni. He rode solo into Rome and won his 3rd World Road Race Championship. The talented Nicolas Frantz (Lux) soloed in for 3rd place 4'52” behind Binda.

SPECIAL NOTE: With the 1932 victory Alfredo Binda became the first rider to win three World Championships..

Binda rolling into the finish area

SPECIAL NOTE: Binda never actually crossed the finish line in Rome because he was mobbed by overzealous fans several meters from the finish..

WCRR August 31, 1932
206.1 Km [ Rome, Italy ]

1. Alfredo BINDA (Ita) 7h01'28

2. Remo Bertoni (Ita) +15

3. Nicolas Frantz (Lux) +4'52

Starters: 21
Finishers: 17
Average Speed: 29.339 km/h

WCRR 1931

WCRR 1933

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