Saturday, January 28, 2012

Gino Bartali Was a Hero, and Not Just as a Cyclist

Gino Bartali was one of the greatest grand tour riders in history, winning both the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France on mutliple occasions, both before and after World War II. There's no saying how many grand tours he might have won, had the War not interrupted the prime of his career. Today, Cyclingnews has a great story (here) about Bartali's brave efforts to save Italian Jews during World War II. He smuggled photos and documents in his bike frame and saddle to a convent that produced counterfeit IDs, while soldiers guarding the roads assumed he was on training rides.

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