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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.

June 12
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Chief Grayfeather ,


This book is a perfect example of interesting history that's easy to miss if not in your body of typical choices. Great read

dr4sail ,

Road to valor

Great read and well written. A bit of history seldom spoken off or written about.

BRCBat ,

Road to Valor, made known on Christopher Close Up

I regularly listen to Tony Rossi's Christopher Close-up Sunday noon on XM/CatholicRadio. Last Sunday he had the brother and sister authors of this story about a devout Catholic bicycle racing champion, and I downloaded the iBook. It is a joyous story and enjoyable to read. The authors skillfully interweave the personal drama with local, national and global drama of WWII in Italy, taking the reader on the spiritual, cultural and emotional journey of Gino. Bartali,a true champion, and-most importantly-a true Christian who loved God and neighbor. This story exposes a man who, filled with faith, lived a virtuous life. I recommend it to young and old, especially anyone in discernment about a vocation. Faith, hope and charity play out to enable Bartali, with prudence, temperance and fortitude, persevere, endure and rise to be "champion" and "hero."

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