Gino Bartali

An amazing story.


Bartali has earned respect for his work in helping Jews who were being persecuted by the Nazis during the time of the Italian Social Republic. It emerged in December 2010 that Bartali had hidden a Jewish family in his cellar and, according to one of the survivors, by doing so saved their lives.[15]

Bartali used his fame to carry messages and documents to the Italian Resistance.[16][17] Bartali cycled from Florence through Tuscany, Umbria, and Marche, sometimes traveling as far afield as Rome, all the while wearing the racing jersey emblazoned with his name. Neither the Fascist police nor the German troops risked discontent by arresting him.

Giorgio Nissim, a Jewish accountant from Pisa,[16] was a member of DELASEM,[18] founded by the Union of the Israelitic Communities to help Jewish Italians escape persecution. The network in Tuscany was discovered in autumn 1943 and all members except Nissim sent to concentration camps. He met Pope Pius XII and, with the help of the Archbishop of Genoa, the Franciscan Friars and others he reorganized DELASEM and helped 800 escape.

Nissim died in 2000. His sons found from his diaries that Bartali had used his fame to help. Nissim and the Oblati Friars of Lucca forged documents and needed photographs of those they were helping. Bartali used to leave Florence in the morning, pretending to train, rode to a convent in which the Jews were hiding, collected their photographs and rode back to Nissim. Bartali used his position to learn about raids on safehouses.[19][20]

Bartali was eventually taken to Villa Triste in Florence. The SD and the Italian RSS office, Mario Carità questioned Bartali, threatening his life.[20] Bartali simply answered “I do what I feel [in my heart]”.

Bartali continued with the Assisi Underground. In 1943, he led Jewish refugees towards the Swiss Alps himself. He cycled pulling a wagon with a secret compartment, telling patrols it was just part of his training. Bartali told his son Andrea only that “One does these things and then that’s that”.[20]

In June 2012 a book about Bartali’s wartime activities, Road To Valor by Aili and Andres McConnon, was published.[21]

In 2013 Yad Vashem recognized Gino Bartali the title of Righteous Among the Nations.[22] He is a central figure in the 2014 documentary My Italian Secret: The Forgotten Heroes.[4] (source).


Cicli Bartali?

Never knew about this.


Gino Bartali Classic Bicycle Early 1950s

About this bike

After leaving the Legnano Team, in 1948 Gino Bartali founded his own team: Cicli Bartali. The bicycles for the racing team and for the commercial use were produced until 1955 by the brothers Santamaria in Novi Ligure – good friends of Fausto Coppi – then by Margherita brothers, and starting from 1960 by Galmozzi (San Pellegrino Team).

This Gino Bartali is a true gem of the early 1950s. According to the head badge and the Campagnolo Gran Sport parts, the bicycle was manufactured by the brothers Santamaria in Novi Ligure approximately in the period 1953-1955. The frame has been completely restored and repainted by the previous owner, keeping the original parts of its era. This Gino Bartali is equipped with a Campagnolo Gran Sport group set – in its third version – a Magistroni cranckset, Universal brakes, Ambrosio stem and bars and a Brooks Champion Standard B17 leather saddle.

An authentic rarity, the perfect vintage bicycles to take part in classic cycling events and to make other participants envying! Did you look at the fine aluminium water bottles???


Seat Tube
Top Tube
Head Tube


Frame & Fork
Gino Bartali
Front Derailleur
Campagnolo Gran Sport
Rear Derailleur
Campagnolo Gran Sport
Original Steel Headset
Magistroni 170mm 50/42
Bottom Bracket
Campagnolo Gran Sport
Ambrosio Champion 110mm
Stem Bar
Ambrosio 370mm
Campagnolo Gran Sport
Universal Extra Brev 453949
Brake Levers
Campagnolo Gran Sport
Nisi 700C Tubulars
Vittoria Rally Tubulars 23-622
Seat Post
Original Auminium
Brooks Champion Standard B17
NOS chain
Handlebar Tape
Blue Cloth
not included