Historic Overview Costante Girardengo

Rider

Overall Rank27
NameCostante GIRARDENGO
Country
  Italy
Date of birth18-Mar-1893 - Novi Ligure (Piemonte)
Date of death09-Feb-1978 - Novi Ligure (Piemonte)
ContemporiesView Contemporary Ranking

Biography

Costante Girardengo

Costante Girardengo (Italian pronunciation: [koˈstante dʒirarˈdeŋɡo]; 18 March 1893 - 9 February 1978) was an Italian professional road bicycle racer, considered by many to be one of the finest riders in the history of the sport. He was the first rider to be declared a "Campionissimo" or "champion of champions" by the Italian media and fans. At the height of his popularity in the 1920s he was said to be more popular than Mussolini and it was decreed that all express trains should stop in his home town Novi Ligure, an honour only normally awarded to heads of state.

His career achievements include two wins in the Giro d'Italia, six wins in Milan–San Remo, three wins in the Giro di Lombardia; he was also Italian road race champion on nine occasions. His professional career was extensive, lasting from 1912 to 1936 and was interrupted by World War I which robbed Girardengo of some of his best years. He was ranked number one in the World in 1919, 1922, 1923, 1925 and 1926. He raced almost exclusively in his home country as was the custom in those days, as foreign travel was not easy. Girardengo was of only small stature and this earned him the nickname "The Novi Runt".

source - Wikipedia

Major Victories

Giro d'Italia 1919, 1923
Giro della Toscane 1923, 1924
Giro del Piemonte 1919, 1920, 1924
Milano - Sanremo 1918, 1921, 1923, 1925, 1926, 1928
Giro di Lombardia 1919, 1921, 1922
Grand Prix Wolber 1924
Giro dell'Emilia 1918, 1919, 1921, 1922, 1925
Gran Fondo / Corza Nazionale 1913
Roma - Trieste 1919
Giro di Romagna 1922
Corsa XX Settembre (Roma-Napoli-Roma) 1913, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1925
Milano - Torino 1914, 1915, 1919, 1920, 1923
Roma - Trieste - stages 1919 (3)
Corsa XX Settembre (Roma-Napoli-Roma) - stages 1913 (1)
Giro d'Italia - stages 1913 (1), 1914 (1), 1919 (7), 1921 (4), 1922 (1), 1923 (8), 1925 (6), 1926 (2)
Giro del Lazio - stages 1935 (1)

Seasons

Costante Girardengo - Scores by Season


YearTeamScoreRank
1. 1912 Maino 375 49
2. 1913 Maino 655 26
3. 1914 Maino - Dunlop 1036 10
4. 1915 Bianchi 31 53
5. 1916 Bianchi 0 60
6. 1917 Bianchi 650 4
7. 1918 Bianchi 1156 1
8. 1919 Stucchi - Dunlop 3640 1
9. 1920 Stucchi - Dunlop 1170 13
10. 1921 Stucchi - Pirelli 2237 4
11. 1922 Bianchi - Salga 2087 2
12. 1923 Maino 2373 1
13. 1924 Maino 1912 3
14. 1925 Wolsit - Pirelli 2728 1
15. 1926 Wolsit - Pirelli 1505 7
16. 1927 Wolsit - Pirelli 234 102
17. 1928 Maino - Dunlop 579 32
18. 1929 Maino - Clément 0 764
19. 1930 Maino - Clément 170 144
20. 1931 Maino - Clément 0 760
21. 1932 Maino - Clément 137 169
22. 1933 Maino - Clément 108 178
23. 1934 Maino - Clément 0 937
24. 1935 Maino - Girardengo 51 375
25. 1936 Maino 9 723
Overall: 22843 27