Historic Overview Learco Guerra

Rider

Overall Rank120
NameLearco GUERRA
Country
  Italy
Date of birth14-Oct-1902 - San Nicolò Po (Mantova)
Date of death07-Feb-1963 - Milano (Milano)
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Learco Guerra - Scores by Season


Seasons

YearTeamScoreRank
1. 1928 Maino 0 703
2. 1929 Maino 463 54
3. 1930 Maino 2983 1
4. 1931 Maino 1208 20
5. 1932 Maino 1486 10
6. 1933 Maino 2511 2
7. 1934 Maino 2716 1
8. 1935 Maino 1344 17
9. 1936 Legnano 450 86
10. 1937 Legnano 269 119
11. 1938 Legnano 118 229
12. 1939 Legnano 24 479
13. 1940 Legnano 0 407
14. 1941 Dei 0 508
15. 1942 Dei 0 497
16. 1943 Dei 0 484
17. 1944 Dei 0 426
18. 1945 Dei 0 540
Overall: 13572 120

Biography

Learco Guerra (October 14, 1902 - February 7, 1963) was an Italian professional road racing cyclist. The highlight of his career was his overall win in the 1934 Giro d'Italia.

Laearco Guerra, 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. 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