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

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

Gino Bartali is best known as an Italian cycling legend: the man who not only won the Tour de France twice, but also holds the record for the longest time span between victories. During the ten years that separated his hard-won triumphs, his actions, both on and off the racecourse, ensured him a permanent place in Italian hearts and minds.

Prologue

Part I. Tuscany and Umbria

Chapter 1. Across the Arno

Chapter 2. In the Saddle

Chapter 3. The First Test

Chapter 4. “Italy’s Number One Sportsman”

Chapter 5. Storm at the Summit

Part II. World War II in Italy

Chapter 6. From the Stars to the Stables

Chapter 7. An Impossible Choice

Chapter 8. The Counterfeiters’ Ring

Chapter 9. Free Fall

Chapter 10. Ginettaccio

Chapter 11. Les Macaroni

Chapter 12. Four Bullets

Chapter 13. A Frozen Hell

Chapter 14. The Road Home

Epilogue

Where They Are Now

Notes