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"I have never seen a sports hero so adored. I remember times when Gino could not get out of a hotel even, such was the crush of fans waiting to see him." Italian cyclist Gino Bartali (1914-2000) won adoration as a two-time Tour de France victor, but for many of his countrymen, he was equally beloved as a war hero. Road to Valor tracks the man known to his childhood friends as "Gino the pious" who grew up to not only win arduous uphill races, but also to save the lives of hunted Jews and pass messages and documents to the Italian resistance. A striking, unforgettable story, too little known outside Italy. Editor's recommendation.