Gino Bartali

BornJuly 18, 1914 in Ponte a Ema, Italy
DiedMay 5, 2000 in Ponte a Ema, Italy
Height1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight64 kg (141 lb)
Professional career1935-1954
TeamsLegnano, Bartali, Stucchi
Major achievements2-time Tour de France winner, 3-time Giro d’Italia winner, 1-time World Road Race champion

Gino Bartali was a professional road cyclist from Italy. Bartali, who was born on July 18, 1914, in Ponte an Ema, Italy, was recognized for his mountain climbing ability and determination. He began his professional career in 1935, riding for teams such as Legnano, Bartali, and Stucchi.

During World War II, Bartali joined the Italian resistance and utilized his bicycle abilities to assist convey fake documents required to evacuate Jews and other persecuted individuals from Nazi-occupied Italy. Bartali’s resistance activity was not publicly known until many years after the war, when he was honored for his bravery and heroism.

In addition to his role in the battle, Bartali was a successful rider during his time. He won the Giro d’Italia three times (1936, 1937, and 1946), as well as the Tour de France twice (1938, 1948). In 1953, he also won the World Road Race Championship. Bartali was well-known for his rivalry with fellow Italian cyclist Fausto Coppi, with whom he competed in several significant events throughout their careers.

In 1954, Bartali quit from professional cycling to become a coach and mentor to younger cyclists. He died on May 5, 2000, at the age of 85, in Ponte an Ema, Italy.

Gino Bartali’s Greatest Achievements:

1936Giro d’Italia winner
1937Giro d’Italia winner
1938Tour de France winner
1946Giro d’Italia winner
1948Tour de France winner
1950Giro dell’Appennino winner
1953World Road Race champion

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