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Road to Valor : A True Story of WWII Italy, the Nazis, and the Cyclist Who Inspired a Nation
by Aili Mcconnon and Andres Mcconnon


Overview - The inspiring, against-the-odds story of Gino Bartali, the cyclist who made the greatest comeback in Tour de France history and secretly aided the Italian resistance during World War II
Gino Bartali is best known as an Italian cycling legend who not only won the Tour de France twice but also holds the record for the longest time span between victories.
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Overview
The inspiring, against-the-odds story of Gino Bartali, the cyclist who made the greatest comeback in Tour de France history and secretly aided the Italian resistance during World War II
Gino Bartali is best known as an Italian cycling legend who not only won the Tour de France twice but also holds the record for the longest time span between victories. In Road to Valor, Aili and Andres McConnon chronicle Bartali s journey, from an impoverished childhood in rural Tuscanyto his first triumph at the 1938 Tour de France. As World War II ravaged Europe, Bartali undertook dangerous activities to help those being targeted inItaly, including sheltering a family of Jews and smuggling counterfeit identity documents in the frame of his bicycle. After thegruelingwartime years, the chain-smoking, Chianti-loving, 34-year-old underdog came back to win the 1948 Tour de France, an exhilarating performance that helped unite his fractured homeland.
Based on nearly ten years of research, Road to Valor is the first book ever written about Bartali in English and the only book written in any language to explore the full scope of Bartali s wartime work. An epic tale of courage, resilience, and redemption, it is the untold story of one of the greatest athletes of the twentieth century."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780307590657
  • ISBN-10: 0307590658
  • Publisher: Broadway Books
  • Publish Date: June 2013
  • Page Count: 316


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