Italian cyclist Gino Bartali (screen capture: YouTube)
The Israeli cycle team will honor Gino Bartali for his bravery while acting as a courier for resistance groups during World War II. An inspiring man, Bartali used his skills as a cyclist, helping to save many Jews from persecution.
Israel’s pro cycling team will cover the route Italian champion road cyclist Gino Bartali took secretly during World War II to save Jews escaping from Nazi persecution...
Bartali, who was known to cover large distances with his bicycle for training purposes, transferred forged documents that were hidden in the handlebar and seat of his bicycle from one place to another. Also during World War II, Bartali hid a Jewish family in his apartment, witness Giorgio Goldenberg revealed in a 2010 interview with the Italia-Jewish publication Pagine Ebraiche.