Volume 1 of "The Story of the Giro d'Italia" tells of Italy's most celebrated riders: Costante Girardengo, the first campionissimo, or "Champion of Champions"; Alfredo Binda, who so dominated the Giro that one year he was paid by the organizers not to enter; Gino Bartali, who looked to become the dominating rider of his era; and Fausto Coppi, a fascinating personality and Bartali's great rival who became not only Italy's, but the world's finest rider.
The great rivalry between Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali is known to many cycling fans, mostly because of their adventures in the Tour de France. But for much of bike racing’s history the Alps have been a high wall and Italian sponsors preferred to keep their racers at home where they could earn valuable publicity. Because of this, there is a whole world of great athletes who are virtually unknown to the non-Italian cycling fan. How about Giovanni Valetti? In 1939 Valetti beat Bartali when Gino was at the very peak of his powers. Has anyone heard of Giuseppe Enrici, the Giro winner who was born in Pittsburgh? Alfonsina Strada was the only woman who entered (and unofficially finished) a Grand Tour. And there was Giordano Cottur, who won a Giro stage in Trieste while guns blazed.
Clearly, this is a story that has to be told and it's all there in "The Story of the Giro d'Italia".
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Other books by Bill and Carol McGann:
"The Story of the Tour de France: How a Newspaper Promotion Became the Greatest Sporting Event in the World, Volume 1: 1903-1964". ISBN 978-1598581805. Kindle ebook # B001DR3WUY
"The Story of the Tour de France: How a Newspaper Promotion Became the Greatest Sporting Event in the World, Volume 2: 1965-2007". ISBN 978-1598586084. Amazon Kindle ebook # B001IDXXUW