The 1933 Milan-San Remo
The 26th edition of Milan-San Remo was held on Sunday 26 March 1933. It was won by Learco Guerra riding for the Maino-Clèment team in a new record time of 36,500 km/hour (previously 34,432 set by Alfredo Bovet in 1932). Guerra was born in San Nicolo Po (Mantua), Italy on 14 October 1902. He was a professional from 1929-1945. His main victories include 1931 World Road Champion, 1932 Giro della Toscana, 1934 Tour of Italy, 1934 Tour of Lombardy, 1934 Giro del Piemonte. Guerra also won five stages of the Tour de France and was Italian National Road champion five years running from 1930 to 1934.

Later in his career Guerra became director of Rik Van Looys Faema team. Learco Guerra died on 7 February 1963.

The race, which covered 285.8 km, left Milan at 0650 hours and was held in cold and cloudy conditions. The field of 156 participants included six-time winner Costante Girardengo. At forty years of age he was riding his last Milan-San Remo! Alfredo Binda started as the World Road Race Champion, a title he had won in Rome the previous year for the third time. Olympic champion, Attilio Pavesi, who had won the Road Time Trial gold medal in the 1932 Los Angeles games also started.
Giaccobe and three others (believed to be Pavesi, Bergamaschi and Lolli) escape at Novi-Ligure. They have a lead of 4' 30' at Ovada. Their lead however came to an end on the slopes of the Turchino Pass Nine men detach themselves from the peloton on the climb of the Turchino. Guerra, known as the 'Locomotive', is seen here leading the chase group that also included Camusso, Bovet, Moretti, Geyer, Altenburger, Rimoldi, Binda and Di Paco. Di Paco went over the top of the Turchino in first place
The nine men who lead the race are seen passing through Albisola Going through Laigueglia Guerra leads the escape group from Negrini
On the Capo Berta Camusso and Moretti are dropped. The pictures above show Guerra leading Binda and Bovet on the Capo Berta. With 25 km to go Binda and Di Paco would have their chance of victory taken away when both crashed. Without this accident the outcome may well have been very different, as Binda was quicker in a sprint than Guerra and Di Paco faster than both! Guerra makes the most of their misfortune and pushes on with the remaining four riders to San Remo
The finish - Learco Guerra wins ahead of Alfredo Bovet and Pietro Rimoldi Girardengo at forty years of age was still good enough to gain 11th place
Complete result

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