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

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Crown, Jun 12, 2012 - History - 336 pages
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 Tuscany to his first triumph at the 1938 Tour de France. As World War II ravaged Europe, Bartali undertook dangerous activities to help those being targeted in Italy, including sheltering a family of Jews and smuggling counterfeit identity documents in the frame of his bicycle. After the grueling wartime 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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The authors dug up an excellent pile of facts and sorted them to tell a straightforward story about a great person, Gino Bartali. The story is quite amazing really. Not only did Bartoli risk his life ... Read full review

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Put this biography in your “suitcase of courage” if you’re a fan of Italian racing, the Giro d’Italia, or the Tour de France! Or even if you’re not. Gino Bartali’s cycling accomplishments made him a ... Read full review


An Impossible Choice
Free Fall
Les Macaroni
A Frozen Hell
The Road Home
Photo and Illustration Credits
Where They Are
The Counterfeiters Ring
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About the Authors

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Aili McConnon is an award-winning journalist, based in New York. She has written for BusinessWeek Magazine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Sports Illustrated and has appeared on ABC, CNN, and NPR.

Andres McConnon is a researcher, journalist and award-winning author who has written for various publications including Sports Illustrated, The Huffington Post and The National Post.

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