The 93rd Giro d’Italia starts this Saturday. In 1924 Alfonsina Strada was in the starting line up of the Giro d’Italia. After an epic effort that put her ahead of many of the men a crash caused her to finish outside the time limit. At the finish of the stage a crowd lifted her from her bicycle and carried her in triumph, in tears from pain and exhaustion and 25 minutes outside the time limit.
She remains the only woman to have ridden one of the major stage races.