Carmen's Reviews > Road to Valor: A True Story of WWII Italy, the Nazis, and the Cyclist Who Inspired a Nation

Road to Valor by Aili McConnon
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Jul 05, 12

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Read from June 12 to July 03, 2012

This is a good biography of a man who one the Tour de France twice with a 10 year gap between wins. The McConnon's portrayal of Gino Bartali is sympathetic and knowledgeable. It seems, by all accounts, that he was known for his grouchiness by the press, but this brother and sister team got past the official records of him and delved into his life, where he was well-loved and revered by many. In fact, Bartali became part of an underground system in Italy during WWII that was able to help many Jews avoid being sent to the camps. The story-telling of his cycling wins in the Tour de France are exciting and made me much more interested in the sport and elevated my understanding of the athleticism of cyclists in general. It was very well written.
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