The inspirational story of Gino Bartali, the Italian cyclist who made the greatest comeback in Tour de France history and secretly aided the Italian Resistance during the Second World War.
ROAD TO VALOUR is the inspiring, against-the-odds story of Gino Bartali, the cyclist who made the greatest comeback in Tour de France history and still holds the record for the longest gap between victories. Yet it was his actions during the Second World War, when he secretly aided the Resistance, rather than his remarkable exploits on a bike, that truly cemented his place in the hearts and minds of the Italian people.
Based on nearly ten years of research, and including fascinating new interviews, this is the only book written that fully explores the scope of Bartali s wartime work. A breathtaking account of one man s unsung heroism and his resilience in the face of adversity, this is an epic tale of courage, comeback and redemption, and the untold story of one of the greatest athletes of the twentieth century.
Aili McConnon writes for BusinessWeek Magazine. She has appeared on CNBC, MSNBC, FOX, CNN and ABC television and she has also written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Guardian. She received a B.A. in Literature with honors from Princeton, an M.Phil in literature from Cambridge University and an M.Sc. with honours in Journalism from Columbia University.
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