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Costante Girardengo (Novi Ligure18 March 1893 -died February 9, 1978) was an Italian professional road bicycle racer. He was one of the greatest riders of theinterwar period. On his palmares is twice the tour of ItalyMilan-San Remo six times and three times the tour of Lombardy. He was also four times Italian champion on the road, an unparalleled record. On the first UCI Road World Championships in 1927, he was second in the road race.

Career[Edit]Edit

Girardengo turned professional in may 1912 and immediately picked up a ninth place in the tour of Lombardy. In his first full season as a professional he won a stage in the tour of Italy (his first of 30) and the Italian Championship. He repeated these successes in 1914 and did a victory in Milan-Turin at. He was also for the first, and only, time at the start of the tour de France but rode that not matter after he repeatedly had fallen. In 1915 he won Milan-San Remo, but he is disqualified because he did not made the full route. Thereafter his career was brutally interrupted by the first world war.

He comes back to win in 1918, with his first of six victories in Milan-San Remo. He ends up even nine times in a row on the stage of this competition. A remarkable achievement because Girardengo barely escaped death, after the rise of the Spanish flu. Not even his manager believed that a survivor of this disease could yet professional cycling, and initially refused to renew license Girardengo's.

Girardengo wins his first tour of Italy in 1919, he wins there also seven stages. Soon afterwards he must specify three in a row in the Giro, but he hits back in 1923, when he wins eight of the ten stages and the general classification let us face for a second time. He wins his last big game in 1928 (Milan-San Remo) and continues cycling until his 43rd, in 1936.

After his retirement Girardengo is head coach of the Italian national team. Gino Bartali as he pilots to end winning the Tour of 1938. He also derives its name from a brand of bicycles and motorcycles in Alessandria.

Important victories[Edit]Edit

1913
[1] Italian Championship
1st stage 6 tour of Italy
Final Classification Rome-Naples-Rome
1st, stage 2
1914
[2] Italian Championship
1st, stage 3, tour of Italy
Milano-Torino
1915
Milano-Torino
1918
Milan-San Remo
Tour of Gaetano Belloni and Costante Girardengo
1919
[3] Italian Championship
1st, overall, tour of Italy
1st, 2nd, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th stage
Tour of Lombardy
Milano-Torino
Tour of Piedmont
Tour of Gaetano Belloni and Costante Girardengo
Milan-Modena
1920
[4] Italian Championship
Milano-Torino
Tour of Piedmont
Milan-Modena
1921
[5] Italian Championship
Milan-San Remo
Tour of Lombardy
1st, stage 1, tour of Italy
1st, stage 2, tour of Italy
1st, stage 3, tour of Italy
1st, stage 4, tour of Italy
Tour of Gaetano Belloni and Costante Girardengo
Rome-Naples-Rome
Genoa-Nice
1922
[6] Italian Championship
Tour of Lombardy
1st, stage 2, tour of Italy
Tour of Romagna
Tour of Gaetano Belloni and Costante Girardengo
Rome-Naples-Rome
Tour of Lake Geneva
1923
[7] Italian Championship
1st, overall, tour of Italy
1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 10th stage
Milan-San Remo
Milano-Torino
Tour of Veneto
Tour of Tuscany
Rome-Naples-Rome
1924
[8] Italian Championship
GP Wolber
Tour of Piedmont
Tour of Tuscany
Tour of Veneto
1925
[9] Italian Championship
Milan-San Remo
1st, stage 2, tour of Italy
1st, stage 4, tour of Italy
1st stage 7 tour of Italy
1st, stage 9, tour of Italy
10th, stage 1, tour of Italy
11th stage tour of Italy
Tour of Gaetano Belloni and Costante Girardengo
Tour of Veneto
Rome-Naples-Rome
1926
Milan-San Remo
1st, stage 4, tour of Italy
1st stage 5 tour of Italy
Tour of Romagna
Tour of Veneto
1927
Six days of Milan (along with Alfredo Binda)
1928
Milan-San Remo
Milan-Modena
Six days of Milan (together with Pietro Linari)
Six days of Breslau (together with Willy Rieger)
Six days of Leupzig (along with Antonio Negrini)

Major results[Edit]Edit

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1912
1913 6th (1)
1914 of contents (1) of contents 
1915
1916
1917
1918
1919 [10]

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1920 of contents 
1921 of contents (4)
1922 of contents (1)
1923 [11]

↑ (8)

1924
1925 [12]

↑ (6)

1926 of contents (2)
1927
1928
1929
1930
1931
1932 of contents 
1933 of contents 
1934
1935 of contents 
1936 of contents 

(*) in parentheses number of individual stage victories

Year Milan-San Remo Paris-Roubaix Tour of Lombardy World Road Championships
1912 9th
1913
1914 17th 6th
1915
1916
1917 [13] 10th
1918 [14]
1919 [15] [16]
1920 [17]
1921 [18] [19]
1922 [20] [21]
1923 [22]
1924 [23] [24]
1925 [25] 7th
1926 [26]
1927 [27]
1928 [28]
1929
1930 5th
1931