Saturday, December 10, 2011

Laerco Guerra

Laerco Guerra after winning the 1934 Giro d'Italia
Learco Guerra, born October 14, 1902, was an Italian professional road racing cyclist. He originally tried to be a professional football play without great success. In 1928, at the age of 26, he started is professional cycling career. His nickname was "Human Locomotive".

 In 1930 he won the Italian Road Race Championships. He also won in 1931, 1932, 1933 and 1934. Five straight years as National Champion in Italy! Guerra finished the 1930 Tour de France in 2nd place that year.

In 1931 Learco won four stages of the Giro d'Italia and the World Cycling Championship.

Learco Guerra is most famous for his 10 stage wins during the 1934 Giro d'Italia and his overall win of that race.

After retirement he worked as team manager for such great riders as Hugo Koblet and Charley Gaul.

Learco Guerra passed away on February 7, 1963. He had been suffering from Parkinson's Disease.
Laerco Guerra climbing the Allos during the 1933 Tour de France.
He finished 2nd overall in that year's Tour.
Laerco Guerra

Below is a short video of the 1934 Giro d'Italia

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