A stage win for Gino Mäder, and history made as the first Hungarian wears the Maglia Rosa. All this, as history echoed all around the riders today, including beneath their very wheels.
The Giro has a long memory.
Today it took the ancient Via Salaria, probably built by the ancient Italic people of the Sabines before the foundation of Rome, over the Apennines towards a finish line in San Giacomo, which lies on the border between the Italian regions of Abruzzo and Le Marche. Until Italian unification in 1861, the same border had separated the Papal States and the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. Indeed, a milestone laid in 1847 shows the position of the ancient boundary defined by Roger II, King of Sicily and Africa, sometime between 1140 and 1143, to put an end to disputes between Rome and Naples.
There, Gino Mäder became only the second Gino to win a Giro stage, which makes him Gino the second. You know who Gino the first was: between 1935 and 1950, he won three editions of the Giro d’Italia, and 17 stages, the last of them on 2 June 1950.