Home of the World Championships in 2008, Italy has always been a big player in the sport of cycling. In this section we tell businesses of all samples from Varese who have written the history of Italian cycling: Luigi Ganna, Ivan Basso, from Alfredo Binda and Claudio Chiappucci.


Ivan Basso

Ivan Basso was born in Gallarate, on the 26th of November 1977. He spent his childhood in Cassano Magnano, where he studied to become a surveyor.

Start with cycling in the young category at the age of 7, for the GS San Pietro of Cassano Magnano.
By beginner goes to G.S. Gornatese, with which it remains for six years, winning the Gold Cup 1993 students category and the...

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Claudio Chiappucci

Claudio Chiappucci, nicknamed "El Diablo", was born in Uboldo in 1963.

His history as a cyclist begins as an amateur, when in 1982 he won the Italian Championship second category.
That title opens the door to professional career that began in 1985 with the Carrera-Inoxpran.
The first major successes came in 1989, when he won the Cup Placci and the Giro del...

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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...

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Luigi Ganna

Luigi Ganna, nicknamed El Luisin or Luison born in Induno Olona on the 1st of December 1883 and has gone down in history as the first winner of the Tour of Italy in 1909.
Farmer's son, left school after the second elementary, he began working as a bricklayer in Milan: to reach the place of work every day he runs 110 km by bicycle.

To this effort decided to give another...

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Wladimiro Panizza

Vladimiro Panizza, said "Miro", was born in Fagnano Olona on the 5th of June 1945.

Before attempting with cycling in the junior categories, he opens a short period as a football player in the ranks of Pro Patria of Busto Arsizio.

During his long professional career (from 1967 to 1985) participated in 18 editions of the Tour of Italy and four in the Tour de France and...

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Michele Mara

Michael Mara was born in Busto Arsizio in 1903. Between the 1928 and the 1936, he races as a professional for the Bianchi, distinguishing himself as sprinter.

Won the second place at the World Championships in 1928, but the real success came two years later when he won the Rome-Naples-Rome, Milan-Sanremo, the Tour of Lombardy and five stages in the Tour of Italy (Catania, Teramo,...

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Noemi Cantele

Noemi Cantele, born in Varese on the 17th of July 1981, began racing by bike in '93, after having practiced swimming and athletics at a competitive level. From "Beginner" runs for Pedale Arcisatese, which is related to the category "students", then move into the ranks of the Ju Sport of Gorla Minore. She made her debut in 2002 by elites in Acca Due O-Pasta Zara-Lorena Camicie in...

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