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The cycle path is born in Bagno a Ripoli "Gino Bartali". The Municipality has thus decided to pay homage to the great champion born in 1914 in Ponte a Ema, then the territory of Ripoli.

A recognition, in addition to the merits of the sportsman who won three Tours of Italy and two Tour de France, for the humanitarian commitment of Bartali, who by hiding papers and false documents in his bicycle saved hundreds of Jews from concentration camps in the tragic years of the Nazi fascism and World War II. A commitment that only a few years ago led Yad Vashem, the World Center for Holocaust Remembrance in Jerusalem, to appoint the “Righteous Among the Nations” champion.

The title will concern the Grassina cycle path, which from the headquarters of the Popular Brotherhood reaches Ponte a Niccheri and which will shortly, with a further extension, extend to Ponte a Ema.

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The ceremony will take place in the presence of the institutions, Bartali's family, representatives of the Jewish community and local associations committed to the defense of Memory. 27 January at 12.00 on the occasion of the 76th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz extermination camp.

“The recognition of 'Righteous among the Nations' received by Bartali - explains the mayor Casini - is based on testimonies and documents that have been considered solid by Yad Vashem, the body that has the main competence in the matter. History, of course, can sometimes have many shades, but as far as the figure and legacy of Gino Bartali is concerned, Bagno a Ripoli has no doubts. For us he is and will always remain an example to follow, for courage and humanity, lived with gruff but affectionate reserve. Hence our homage, on the Day of Remembrance, to a man who was champion twice, on the pedals and in life ”.

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