| 25 May – 12 June|
3,107 km (1,931 mi)
Giovanni Brunero (ITA)
120h 24' 39"
Gaetano Belloni (ITA)
The 1921 Giro d'Italia was the 9th edition of the Giro d'Italia, a cycling race organized and sponsored by the newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport. The race began on 25 May in Milan with a stage that stretched 333 km (207 mi) to Merano, finishing back in Milan on 12 June after a 305 km (190 mi) stage and a total distance covered of 3,107 km (1,931 mi). The race was won by the Italian rider Giovanni Brunero of the Legnano team. Second and third respectively were the Italian riders Gaetano Belloni and Bartolomeo Aymo.
During the 5th stage, on the "Altopiano delle Cinquemiglia" (in Abruzzo region), Girardengo suffered a legendary crisis: he got off his bike, drew a cross on the road and said: "Girardengo si ferma qui" (Girardengo stops here).
1921 Giro d'Italia Wikipedia
Of the 69 riders that began the Giro d'Italia on 25 May, 27 of them made it to the finish in Milan on 12 June. Riders were allowed to ride on their own or as a member of a team. There were three teams that competed in the race: Bianchi-Dunlop, Legnano-Pirelli, and Stucchi-Pirelli.
The peloton was almost completely composed of Italians. The field featured two former Giro d'Italia champions in the three-time winner Carlo Galetti and 1919 winner Costante Girardengo. Other notable Italian riders that started the race included Bartolomeo Aymo, Angelo Gremo, Giovanni Rossignoli, and Giuseppe Santhià.
There were 27 cyclists who had completed all ten stages. For these cyclists, the times they had needed in each stage was added up for the general classification. The cyclist with the least accumulated time was the winner.
There were two other classifications contested at the race. A points classification was won Giovanni Brunero and a team classification was won by Bianchi-Dunlop.