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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (194 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Aili McConnon, Andres McConnon Narrator: Stephen Hoye Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Road to Valor is the inspiring, against-the-odds story of Gino Bartali, the cyclist who made the greatest comeback in Tour de France history and secretly aided the Italian resistance during World War II.

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  • “You do not have to follow cycling to relish Bartali’s story….Like Laura Hillenbrand’s Seabiscuit before it, Road to Valor is about an unlikely, headstrong champion who transcended his sport to make a deep impact on the broader world.”

    Sports Illustrated

  • “The McConnons have told the story of his [Bartali’s] great and greater victories powerfully and well.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Impeccably researched and thrillingly told…This is truly an amazing tale of a poor Tuscan boy who pedaled his way not only to sports immortality, but into true heroism.”

    Globe and Mail

  • “This thoroughly documented biography is both inspiring and immensely enjoyable.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joe | 2/18/2014

    " A wonderful book, both in its history of Bartali's cycling achievements and heroic risks during World War II, but in its history of Europe's love affair with the bicycle. Bartali was by no means a perfect person or the perfect athlete, and that's what makes it all the more inspiring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Peter | 2/13/2014

    " An interesting look at cycling and Italy around the time of WW II. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Shira Reiss | 2/6/2014

    " This book kept me engaged. I listened to it as an audiobook. I learned about some of Italy's history that I had never known before and I will never see the Tour de France the same again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kate | 2/2/2014

    " What an fantastic story! It was absolutely inspirational and I was hoping for Bartali's sucess win of the Tour de France from the beginning! Being a true story made it a remarkable read! It was written in a very crisp concise manner, beautiful and descriptive. I enjoyed all the old photographs throughout the book that put you in Italy in the 1930's and 40's. It was packed with information on the origin of the Tour de France, WW2 and its impact on the church, politics and lifestyle of Florence, and the impossible mental, physical and financial challenges that Bartali endured to win. An inspiring story that will prove to you that no matter what odds are against you, if you want something bad enough, it can be yours! "

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About the Author

Aili McConnon is an award-winning journalist, based in New York. She has written for BusinessWeek, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Sports Illustrated and has appeared on ABC, CNN, and NPR.