One of the greatest riders of the 20’s and 30’s was born on 11 August 1902 in Cittiglio, a small town in the Varese area of Northern. Binda’s story is simply unique: not only could he win, all the most important races in Italy and abroad, but could, in his capacity as coach, help bring triumph to other athletes. Athletes with the calibre of Gino Bartali and Fausto Coppi. His palmares as a rider include, 4 Tour of Lombardy, 4 Italian championships, 2 Milan-San Remo, 3 World Championships and 5 editions of the Tour of Italy, with 41 stage wins. It is said that because of his extraordinary superiority, in 1930 he was paid approximately 22,500 lira by the organizers not to take part in the Giro that year…
The name of Alfredo Binda opened the roll of honour at the World Championships. The man from Varese is took victory in the first edition, which took place in 1927, he also achieved a further 2 victories in his career. His record of 3 wins still stands to this day. In 1936 he left the athletic activities of racing and became coach of the Italian national team: leading to victories at the Tour de France with Bartali in ‘48 and Coppi in’49 and ’52, and also the rainbow jersey of the world championships with Coppi in Lugano in 1953.
below one of Coppi’s legendary climbs at the Giro d’Italia’s, Passo dello Stelvio with Alfredo Binda in the car…