Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

May 7, 2016

Dumoulin takes first Maglia Rosa in Giro d’Italia; Huang takes first Women’s WorldTour victory in Tour of Chongming Island; Coquard takes hat-trick in Dunkerque; Mugerli wins thrid stage of Tour d’Azerbaidjan; McCabe, Glaesser win second stage at Tour of the Gila; Another moto/rider collision;Marianne Vos calls for more awareness and safety in the peloton; The devil in a dress: The woman who raced the Giro d’Italia; SRAM eTap TT shifters spotted at Giro; Video: Tom Dumoulin post-race interview – Giro, stage 1; Video: Behind the Scenes of Tour of the Gila with Shimano Cycling; Video: Teaser for the 2016 UCI Junior World Track Championships

The devil in a dress: The woman who raced the Giro d’Italia

by Ella CyclingTips

With the start of the Giro d’Italia today, Ella CyclingTips takes a look at a lesser-known part of Giro history. While Grand Tours are exclusively male events, a woman who competed alongside the men in the 1924 edition of the Italian tour — whether she snuck into the event or via a publicity stunt by the organisers or, this brave woman was a trailblazer for women’s racing. Alfonsina Strada — a.k.a the “devil in the dress” — is still the only woman who raced the Giro d’Italia.

Alfonsina Strada

Here is an excerpt from the feature:

Born in northern Italy in 1891 during the bicycle craze when women around the world were using these “freedom machines” as a tool and symbol of their struggle for freedom, Alfonsina was a woman born to her time. Her father bartered chickens in exchange for Alfonsina’s first bicycle at the age of 10, which she taught herself to ride. By the age of 13 she was winning races against girls as well as boys.

To her parents’ dismay, cycling was not just a girlish passing fancy, and Alfonsina desired to make a career out of it. Standing at a slight 5 feet 2 inches (1.57m) she cast a larger presence when she was on her bike. It is rumored that those she passed would cross themselves and pray for her lost soul. The newspapers called her the “devil in a dress,” but she would not be derailed simply because she was a woman.

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