Historic Overview Learco Guerra

Rider

Overall Rank75
NameLearco GUERRA
Country
  Italy
Date of birth14-Oct-1902 - San Nicolò Po (Mantova)
Date of death07-Feb-1963 - Milano (Milano)
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Biography

Learco Guerra

Learco Guerra (14 October 1902 - 7 February 1963) was an Italian professional road racing cyclist. The highlight of his career was his overall win in the 1934 Giro d'Italia. He was born in San Nicolò Po, a frazione of Bagnolo San Vito in Lombardy, gained the nickname of "Human Locomotive" for his enduring quality in plain stages. After mediocre attempts to play football, Guerra became a professional cyclist in 1928, at 26. The following year he became Italian champion, racing as an independent or semi-professional.

In 1930 he won his first Italian National Road Race Championships, the first of five straight wins. That same year he came second in the Tour de France after Italy's leader, Alfredo Binda, proved in poor form. The race was won by the Frenchman, André Leducq. In 1931 Guerra won four stages of the Giro d'Italia but not the final victory. In this Giro, he was the first rider who wore the pink jersey. The same year he won the world cycling championship.

In 1933 Guerra was again second in the Tour de France, and he won the Milan–San Remo. In 1934 came his greatest success, 10 stages of the Giro d'Italia and the general classification. He was also second in the world championship.

Guerra set a record of victories in a single year that was beaten only in the 1970s. His fame was exploited by the Fascist government, which profited from his heroic status.

After retirement, he worked as a team manager for riders such as Hugo Koblet and Charly Gaul.

Affected by Parkinson's disease, he died in Milan in 1963.

source - Wikipedia

Major Victories

World Championships Road Race 1931
Giro di Lombardia 1934
Milano - Sanremo 1933
Corsa XX Settembre (Roma-Napoli-Roma) 1934
Giro del Piemonte 1934
Giro d'Italia 1934
Giro di Toscana 1932
Giro di Romagna 1935
Giro d'Italia - stages 1930 (2), 1931 (4), 1932 (6), 1933 (3), 1934 (10), 1935 (5), 1937 (1)
Tour de France - stages 1930 (3), 1933 (5)
More results

Seasons

Learco Guerra - Scores by Season


YearTeamScoreRank
1. 1928 Maino - Dunlop 0 865
2. 1929 Maino - Clément 550 57
3. 1930 Maino - Clément 3152 1
4. 1931 Maino - Clément 1281 22
5. 1932 Maino - Clément 2006 6
6. 1933 Maino - Clément 2802 2
7. 1934 Maino - Clément 4202 1
8. 1935 Maino - Girardengo 2036 9
9. 1936 Legnano 677 67
10. 1937 Legnano 414 105
11. 1938 Legnano 454 100
12. 1939 Legnano 24 565
13. 1940 Legnano 0 447
14. 1941 Dei 0 536
15. 1942 Dei 0 533
16. 1943 Dei 0 542
17. 1944 Dei 0 448
18. 1945 Dei 0 578
Overall: 17598 75