''The most unusual Giro competitor ever was arguably Alfonsina Morini Strada (pic here), who made history by becoming the only woman that ever raced the Giro along with the male peloton. It happened in the 1924 edition of the event. The girl from Castelfranco Emilia, on the outskirts of Bolonia, managed to finish the race in 31st place, in front of two male riders … and of all those who dropped out earlier. But this wasn't Mrs. Strada's only accomplishment on the bike, as the lady recorded some 30 victories against male contenders throughout her career. ''
Isn't that amazing (as well as impossible to imagine today)?
Her biography :