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Gino Bartali is a legendary cyclist admired in Europe and particularly in Italy. He won his fist Tour de France in 1938, despite the Italian Fascists attempts to control his career because of his close affiliation with the Catholic Church. During World War II, he worked under cover in Italy to save Italian Jews by smuggling false identity documents at great risk to himself and his family. Despite losing ten years of cycling training because of the war and its aftermath, he competed as the underdog in the 1948 Tour. Tune in tonight when Inquiry talks with Canadian journalist AILI McCONNON. With her brother Andres McConnon, she has written a fascinating and at times thrilling history of one of the great sports figures of the last century. Her book is titled ROAD TO VALOR: A TRUE STORY OF WORLD WAR II, THE NAZIS AND THE CYCLIST WHO INSPIRED A NATION.