Luigi Ganna

Luigi Ganna ( born December 1, 1883 in Induno Olona (VA ); † October 2, 1957 in Varese ) was an Italian cyclist and the first overall winner of the Giro d' Italia.


Ganna began his career as a professional cyclist in 1904. According wins in smaller races he started in 1908 at the Tour de France and finished it in fifth place. The following year he won the Milan - Sanremo classic today, before he scored a few weeks later to the 127 starters of the inaugural Giro d' Italia. With a total of three stage victories, he secured the overall victory sovereign. In 1910 he started again at the Giro was once again despite three stage wins, but finished second in the overall standings. In 1912 he again won the overall classification of the Tour of Italy, but this issue was held only as team standings and Ganna was one of the four drivers of the winning team Atala. In 1915, he finished his career.

Ganna died on 2 October 1957 at the age of 73 in Varese.



  • Milan - Piano dei Giovi Milan


  • San Remo, Ventimiglia - San Remo


  • Giro d' Italia and 4th, 5th and 7th stage
  • Milan - Sanremo


  • 6th, 7th and 10th stage of the Giro d' Italia
  • Giro dell'Emilia
  • Milan - Modena