Giro di Lombardia Statistics: ‘A Climbers Classic’ in Charts (2021)

Giro di Lombardia statistics

The last of the five cycling Monuments, the Italian Giro di Lombardia (also called Il Lombardia), has a rich history. Its first edition took place in 1905, and since then, it did not take place only twice. It is the most consistent cycling Monument.

Thanks to Tour of Lombardy’s demanding profile, it is often called as ‘a climbers classic’.

So, what do we find out when we take a look at historical data such as average speeds, the heights, weights, and BMIs of the winners?

Let find out!

Abbreviations used: GdL – Giro di Lombardia, BMI – Body Mass Index

I used publicly available data from bikeraceinfo.com, wikipedia.org, procyclingstats.com, and the official Giro di Lombardia website ilombardia.it as data sources.

Please, also keep in mind the following:

  • Giro di Lombardia did not take place between 1943-1944 due to the World War II.
  • The actual rider’s racing weight could vary.
  • The heights and weight data are not available for all riders (especially for winners before 1975).

Giro di Lombardia Distance, Time, and Average Speed

Let’s start with the basics.

Distance

The Giro di Lombardia’s length is relatively consistent in the past 60 years or so. However, it varied from around 184 km to 266 km.

The average Giro di Lombardia is 243 km long. The average GdL distance was 238.6 km between 1910 and 1929, 244.7 km between 1950 and 1969, and 247.6 km between 2000 and 2019.

The longest Giro di Lombardia was 266 km long. Several editions were so long, including GdL between 1964 and 1975 and in 1978.

The shortest Giro di Lombardia was only 184 km long. It took place in 1942, and it was won by Italian cyclist Aldo Bini.

Giro di Lombardia - Distance
Giro di Lombardia – Distance

Winning Time

The following chart shows the winning time vs. the distance. Luckily for riders, the race doesn’t take more than 7 hours in the past years. In the first 30 years of its existence, it even exceeded 9 hours.

The average winning time of all Giro di Lombardia editions is 6h 51′ 10″.

The fastest Giro di Lombardia winning time was 5h 06′ 03″. This GdL took place in 1942 and was won by Aldo Bini. He averaged 36.07 km/h (it was also the shortest GdL).

The slowest Giro di Lombardia winning time was 9h 52′ 32″. This GdL took place in 1926 and was won by Alfredo Binda. He averaged 25.42 km/h.

Giro di Lombardia - Winning Time vs. Distance
Giro di Lombardia – Winning Time vs. Distance

Between 1926 and 1960, there was a steep downwards trend in the winning time. In 1961, the winning time also increased due to the increased length of the race. From this year onwards, the winning times are getting shorter.

Average Speed

The average speed of all Giro di Lombardia editions is 36.08 km/h. The average speed was 28.65 km/h between 1910 and 1929, 38.33 km/h between 1950 and 1969, and 39.88 km/h between 2000 and 2019.

Giro di Lombardia - Average Speed
Giro di Lombardia – Average Speed

The average speed of Giro di Lombardia did not increase significantly in the past 60 years.

The fastest Giro di Lombardia took place in 1995. The average speed of the winner, Gianni Faresin, was 43.32 km/h. He finished the 252km route in 5h 49′ 02″.

The slowest Giro di Lombardia took place in 1905. The average speed of the winner, Giovanni Gerbi, was 24.92 km/h. He finished the 230km route in 9h 13′ 52″.

Giro di Lombardia - Distance and Average Speed
Giro di Lombardia – Distance and Average Speed

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Giro di Lombardia Height, Weight, and BMI of the Winners

Giro di Lombardia winners are shorter and lighter, their BMI declines on average…

Let’s now shift our focus to winners. How their height, weight, and BMI developed over time? These insights are the most unique and the most interesting.

NOTE: The heights and weight data are unavailable for all riders (especially winners before 1975).

Height of the Winners

The average height of a Giro di Lombardia winner is 1.76 m.

The tallest Giro di Lombardia winner ever was Andrea Tafi (GdL 1996). He is 1.87 m tall.

The shortest Giro di Lombardia winner ever was Esteban Chaves (GdL 2016). He is 1.64 m tall.

Giro di Lombardia - Winner Height
Giro di Lombardia – Winner Height

Weight of the Winners

The average weight of a Giro di Lombardia winner is 67.7 kg.

The heaviest Giro di Lombardia winner was François Faber. He won the 1908 GdL, weighing 88 kg.

The lightest Giro di Lombardia winner was Esteban Chaves. He won the 2016 GdL, weighing just 55 kg.

Giro di Lombardia - Winner Weight
Giro di Lombardia – Winner Weight

BMI of the Winners

The BMI chart and trend is the most interesting part of this article, in my opinion. As a reminder, here is an explanation of BMI:

NOTE: BMI (Body Mass Index) uses your height and weight to work out if your weight is healthy. (Source)

You can interpret the BMI values using the following key:

  • Below 18.5 – underweight,
  • 18.5-24.9 – normal,
  • 25.0-29.9 – overweight,
  • 30.0 and above – obese.

So, what do we find out when we take a look at riders’ BMI?

Giro di Lombardia winners have an average BMI of 21.79. This means they have a standard, healthy weight.

The Giro di Lombardia winner with the highest BMI was François Faber. He won the 1908 Giro di Lombardia with a BMI of 27.77 (1.78 m, 88 kg). In other words, he won GdL while being overweight.

The Giro di Lombardia winner with the lowest BMI was Bauke Mollema. He won the 2019 Giro di Lombardia with a BMI of 19.11 (1.83 m, 64 kg).

The BMI trend declines. Winners of GdL are shorter and lighter. This trend is most likely caused by the demanding profile that suits climbers better than all-rounders.

Giro di Lombardia Winner BMI
Giro di Lombardia Winner BMI

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Giro di Lombardia Victories

The rider with the most Giro di Lombardia wins (5) is Fausto Coppi. Alfredo Binda has 4 wins and riders like Sean Kelly, Henri Pélissier, Costante Girardengo, Gino Bartali, Gaetano Belloni, and Damiano Cunego 3 wins.

Giro di Lombardia - Riders with the Most Victories
Giro di Lombardia – Riders with the Most Victories

It’s no surprise that the most successful Giro di Lombardia winners are Italians because Giro di Lombardia is an Italian classic.

Giro di Lombardia - Countries with the Most Victories
Giro di Lombardia – Countries with the Most Victories

Italy has almost six times more victories (69) than 2nd Belgium and France.


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Summary

These are my favorite Il Lombardia stats:

  • The average speed of all Giro di Lombardia editions is 36.08 km/h. The average speed was 28.65 km/h between 1910 and 1929, 38.33 km/h between 1950 and 1969, and 39.88 km/h between 2000 and 2019.
  • The average speed of Giro di Lombardia did not increase significantly in the past 60 years.
  • The Giro di Lombardia winner with the highest BMI was François Faber. He won the 1908 Giro di Lombardia with a BMI of 27.77 (1.78 m, 88 kg). In other words, he won GdL while being overweight.
  • The BMI trend declines. Winners of GdL are shorter and lighter. This trend is most likely caused by the demanding profile that suits climbers better than all-rounders.
  • Italy has almost six times more victories (69) than 2nd Belgium and France.

What are your thoughts on the Giro di Lombardia statistics? What stats do you find the most mind-blowing?

Don’t forget to also check out the statistics of other Monuments:

  1. Milan–San Remo
  2. Tour of Flanders
  3. Liège-Bastogne-Liège
  4. Paris–Roubaix

Giro di Lombardia Statistics FAQ


Sources

bikeraceinfo.com
wikipedia.org
procyclingstats.com
ilombardia.it

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