Giro d’Italia: The Story of the World’s Most Beautiful Bike Race
Written to coincide with the 100th edition of the Giro, Colin O’Brien’s book tells the story of the first 100 years of the Giro d’Italia with a bit of Italian history thrown in for good measure.
The Tour de France boosted newspaper sales in France and it didn’t take the Italians long to realise the French were onto a good thing so the Giro d’Italia was launched in 1909.
- Did you know that one woman, Alfonsina Strada, has completed the race?
- Did you know the race has only ever been stopped for the two World Wars?
- Did you know that the race director used to plan the route to suit Italy’s favourite cyclists?
- Did you know that the Maglia Rosa is pink because that was the colour of the paper of its parent newspaper Gazetta dello Sport?
An easy to read book with some iconic old photos, this is well worth the read for anyone interested in the history of our favourite grand tour.
Published by Pursuit Books, this book is readily available in Australia so support your local book shop and ask them to order it in if they don’t have it in stock. I did and it arrived within a couple of days.