Sunday, December 16, 2007

End of Year Contest, 2007


This is for fun and for a prize that I will send to the winner. The first correct answer received before December 31, 2007, wins; contest ends that date.
Prize: a special cheese made by the "Cimbri". The cheese is homemade then wrapped in rosemary. It is then buried underground in boxes for approximately 3 months. As for the "Cimbri" here is some background:
".....The Cimbri had penetrated through the Alps into northern Italy, The consul Quintus Lutatius Catulus had not dared to fortify the passes, but instead he had retreated behind the River Po, and so the land was open to the invaders. The Cimbri did not hurry, and the victors of Aquae Sextiae had the time to arrive with reinforcements. At the Battle of Vercellae, at the confluence of the Sesia River with the Po River, in 101 BC, the long voyage of the Cimbri also came to an end......It was a devastating defeat and both the chieftains Lugius and Boiorix died. The women killed both themselves and their children in order to avoid slavery. The Cimbri were annihilated, although some may have survived...."


The QUESTION:Name the regions of Italy from which winners of the Giro d'Italia have come from, and the total number of victories attributed to each region.

TIE BREAK QUESTION:Name the southern most region that a winner of the Giro d'Italia was from.


Leave answers under Comments.


Good luck!
p.s. the answers must agree with the source that I am using as a reference (sorry, I can't divulge that!)





6 comments:

  1. let me see,


    abruzzo - central italy (1)
    di luca


    lombardia - north (23)
    basso
    savoldelli - 2
    garzelli
    gotti - 2
    visentini
    gimondi - 3
    motta -
    bergamaschi
    guerra
    binda - 5
    pesenti
    belloni
    oriani
    pavesi
    ganna


    veneto - north east (2)
    cunego
    battaglin


    Trentino-Alto Adisee/S├╝dtirol - (3)
    simoni - 2
    moser

    emilia-romagna - central (5)
    pantani
    adorni
    pambianco
    baldini
    calzolari


    tuscany - east central (8)
    chioccioli
    nencini
    magni - 3
    bartali - 3


    piedmonte - north western (16)
    saronni - 2
    balmamion - 2
    coppi - 5
    valetti
    brunero - 3
    camusso
    marchisio
    girardengo



    unknown
    enrici
    galetti - 3
    micheletto




    So, easily inspite of the unknown information about enrici, galetti, and micheletto, it seems like Lombardia wins hands down for most numbers of victories.

    Assuming the 3 unknown riders come from way up north (a risk I'm willing to take), I'll say that the rider that comes from the most southern portion has to be Di Luca, from Abruzzo.


    Hope this tallies with what you have lol!

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  2. Very impressive. But you have some errors and you have made some good guesses. Also, Micheletto does not appear on my list.

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  3. Ciao,

    Come stai?

    It seems the year 1912 was when three folks (Team Atala) shared the overall victory in the Giro d'Italia. I'm not sure if there was ever a time other than this when multiple riders took the title together.

    The riders were :

    -Carlo Galetti
    -Giovanni Micheletto, http://www.cyclinghalloffame.com/riders/rider_bio.asp?rider_id=265
    -Eberardo Pavesi

    It has been very hard to find out about these folks on the net. I'm sure the birth places must be on some obscure Italian site that won't show up in Google :)

    Lombardy for top wins I say! My numbers are off. And I can't see any regions as south as Abruzzo!

    Ci vediamo.

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  4. Thanks to you I learned something new today. There are no RIDERS credited with winning the Giro d'Italia of 1912. Only the "Squadra Atala" is credited. As a result, my answer sheet does not reflect their names, and in fact, omits entirely 1912 as a year when listing the winners.

    I'm not familiar with why 1912 is handled in this way but there must be an interesting story lurking.

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  5. I see, it's quite simple: The 1912 Giro d'Italia General Classification was for teams instead of individual cyclists. The first and last time it was run like this. The Squadra Atala finished with Carlo Galetti, Giovanni Micheletto and Eberardo Pavesi; Luigi Ganna was also part of the Squadra Atala but he retired on the 5th stage.

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  6. Angelo,

    Yes yes! I read the same bit somewhere. I was meaning to say it.
    I lost my ability to type lol...

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