Alfredo Binda

Alfrdo Binda, born in Cittiglio in 1902, has been called the greatest road racer until the arrival of Fausto Coppi (cited by Ferretti and Frasca 2008).

The son of a building contractor, he learns the trade of plasterer and moved to the French Riviera, where he won his first successes: on the 4th of March 1923, he won the Nice-Mont Chauve before Costante Girardengo and Tano Belloni.

In the autumn of 1924, thanks to the efforts of Girardengo, Binda returned to Italy to compete in the Tour of Lombardy.
The debut is promising and the Legnano hired him, introducing him to the Tour of Italy 1925 by the education that had Brunero as leader.

He won the Tour in 1925 and finished second in 1926 only because of a fall. He won the victory in the next three years, dominating the race, so that, although not to compete in the 1930 edition, the Gazzetta promised him the prize of 22,500 lire available to the winner. A proposal that Binda accepted.
In the same year, however, he won his second World Cup: he was the winner already in the first edition (1927) before Girardengo, this time before Learco Guerra.
In 1932 he won the World Cup again and returned to win the Tour of Italy.

In 1936 he participated in the Milan-Sanremo with the desire to win and finish off his great career. During the race, due to wet asphalt, he slips and falls fracturing a femur. This episode marks his definitive end from the competitions.
He conquers, however, other important successes as CT of the Italian national team, a role he held for twelve years. He is remembered for having led to the victory of the Tour de France Gino Bartali (1948), Fausto Coppi (1949, 1952) and Gastone Nencini (1960).

One year after his death, in the July 1986, the municipality of Cittiglio and family, to keep his memory alive, dedicate to him a museum which houses numerous relics and documents that allow you to relive the life and the undertakings of the famous cyclist.

Sources: Wikipedia, cinquantamila.corriere.it