Where They Are Now

Louis Bobet would go on to win the Tour de France in 1953, 1954, and 1955. During the 1959 Tour de France, he quit midrace after climbing the Col de l’Iseran. He retired in 1960 and died of cancer in 1983.

Luigi and Trento Brizi continued to work in their Assisi print shop for the rest of their lives. Luigi died in 1969; Trento died in 1992. Both were recognized by Yad Vashem as Righteous Among the Nations in 1997.

Mario Carità fled Florence before the liberation and traveled to the north of Italy. He was killed in May 1945 in a skirmish with Allied soldiers trying to apprehend him.

Fausto Coppi, like Gino, would lose his brother, Serse, to a biking accident in 1951. In the fall of 1959, he joined the San Pellegrino racing team, coached for a period by Gino. Tragically, however, their reunion was cut short when Coppi contracted malaria while racing in Africa and died in January 1960.

Giovanni “the Sicilian Arrow” Corrieri would continue to race professionally until 1956. He lives to this day in Tuscany.

Cardinal Elia Dalla Costa would continue to serve as the archbishop of Florence until his death in 1961.

Giorgio Goldenberg arrived in Palestine in the spring of 1945. His parents and sister Tea followed after the creation of the state of Israel. Tea died in 2009. Giorgio currently lives near Tel Aviv and remains in contact with friends and family in Italy.

Father Rufino Niccacci would continue to live in Umbria for the rest of his life. He was recognized by Yad Vashem as Righteous Among the Nations in 1974 and died in 1976.

Antonio Pallante was convicted and sentenced to ten years and eight months in prison for his attack on Palmiro Togliatti. His sentence was later reduced as part of a national amnesty program. Upon his release, he returned to Sicily, where he worked with his father for a branch of the police that deals with national forests. He married and had children, and would continue to follow cycling even after Bartali’s retirement. He is currently a pensioner and lives in Sicily.

Jean Robic, although he never won the Tour again, would continue to race professionally until 1961. He died in a car accident in 1980.

Aldo Ronconi would spend the remaining years of his professional career racing separately from Gino Bartali and Fausto Coppi. He placed third in the 1950 Tour of Switzerland and retired from racing in 1952. He currently lives in Faenza, Italy.

Palmiro Togliatti would remain the leader of the Italian Communist Party until his death in 1964.

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