Historic Overview Learco Guerra

Rider

Overall Rank109
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 (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

Major Victories

Giro d'Italia 1934
Giro della Toscane 1932
Giro del Piemonte 1934
World Championships Road Race 1931
Giro di Lombardia 1934
Milano - Sanremo 1933
Corsa XX Settembre (Roma-Napoli-Roma) 1934
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)

Seasons

Learco Guerra - Scores by Season


YearTeamScoreRank
1. 1928 Maino - Dunlop 0 771
2. 1929 Maino - Clément 543 51
3. 1930 Maino - Clément 3013 1
4. 1931 Maino - Clément 1226 22
5. 1932 Maino - Clément 1502 11
6. 1933 Maino - Clément 2596 2
7. 1934 Maino - Clément 3196 1
8. 1935 Maino - Girardengo 1515 15
9. 1936 Legnano 535 79
10. 1937 Legnano 267 127
11. 1938 Legnano 122 237
12. 1939 Legnano 24 497
13. 1940 Legnano 0 415
14. 1941 Dei 0 513
15. 1942 Dei 0 508
16. 1943 Dei 0 504
17. 1944 Dei 0 433
18. 1945 Dei 0 552
Overall: 14539 109