Gino Bartali and Fausto Coppi are two of the greatest Italian cyclists of all time. They dominated professional cycling in the 40s and 50s and became icons of Italian sport.
Gino Bartali, born July 18, 1914, was known as "Ginettaccio". He was a very resilient cyclist and an extraordinary climber. He won the Giro d'Italia three times (1936, 1937, 1946) and the Tour de France twice (1938, 1948).
During World War II, Bartali hid fake documents inside the frame of his bicycle to save the lives of many Italian Jews.
This heroic gesture earned him posthumous recognition as "Righteous among the Nations" by Israel.
Fausto Coppi, born September 15, 1919, was known as "The Champion". He was a complete cyclist, skilled in both stage and uphill racing. Coppi won the Giro d'Italia five times (1940, 1947, 1949, 1952, 1953) and the Tour de France twice (1949, 1952). He was an opponent feared by his rivals and an idol for Italian fans.
Bartali and Coppi had an intense rivalry on the streets, but also a great mutual esteem. They have competed on several occasions in the great Italian races, creating an epic rivalry that has enthralled the audience. Bartali was a very devout Catholic athlete, while Coppi was seen as a more rebellious and charming character.
Both cyclists have left a lasting legacy in the world of cycling Italian and international.
Bartali and Coppi are considered symbols of the golden age of Italian cycling and are still admired for their extraordinary feats on the bicycle.