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All-time bicycle star Gino Bartali nearly abandons cycling at a young age, when his brother Giulio dies in a race. Fra’ Leone, for whom Gino will carry out clandestine missions during World War II, convinces him not to give up. Then, in 1948, when Italian Communist Party leader Palmiro Togliatti is nearly assassinated, Prime Minister De Gaspari asks Bartali to help avert disorders by winning the Tour de France. Though far behind, he winds up finishing first.

During his cycling career, Gino Bartali won the Giro d'Italia three times (1936, 1937, 1946). His 1948 win of the Tour de France wasn't his first. Bartali won the 1938 Tour de France, giving him the largest gap between victories in the race. He stopped racing at the age of 40. In May 2000, Gino Bartali died of a heart attack. In September 2013, Yad Vashem recognized Bartali as a "Righteous Among the Nations" for his efforts in aiding Jews during World War II.

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