FLORENCE, ITALY – Google has celebrated Gino Bartali’s 104th birthday with a special Google Doodle on July 18, 2018. The image shows the cyclist pedaling along, revealing something important hidden in his handlebars.
The Florence-born champion was the most renowned Italian cyclist before the Second World War, having won the Giro d’Italia twice (1936, 1937) and the Tour de France in 1938.
After the war he added two other victories in both events: the Giro d’Italia in 1946 and the Tour de France in 1948. His second and last Tour de France victory in 1948 gave him the largest gap between victories in the race.
In September 2013, 13 years after his death, Bartali was recognised as a “Righteous Among the Nations” by Yad Vashem for his efforts to aid Jews during World War II.
Gino Bartali was a war hero and a champion road cyclist. He was the most renowned Italian cyclist before the Second World War, having won the Giro d’Italia three times and the Tour de France in 1938 and 1948. A recent book available in US, Canada and UK focus on his work in helping Jews who were being persecuted by the Nazis during the time of the Italian Social Republic.
ANSA news agency reveals how the florentine cyclist Gino Bartali helped the escaping Jews. New information documents the undercover activities conducted during the Second World War by Bartali in order to save the lives of numerous Jews in Italy and which are now contained in a new biography (”Road to Valour”, Crown, 318 pages) published in these days in the USA by journalist Aili McConnon and historical researcher Andres McConnon.