Viva Bartali!

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Inspired by the lyrical, mythic mode of Italian sports journalism from the 1930s to the 1950s, 'Viva Bartali!' is a biography-in-verse of the iconic Italian cyclist Gino Bartali, known both as 'Gino the Pious' because of his fervent Catholic faith, and as Ginettaccio ('Gino the Terrible'), owing to the short shrift he so often gave the press. The collection gives us an insight into the complex relationship that underpinned his great rivalry with the 'campionissimo' Fausto Coppi - the 'man of glass' against Bartali's 'man of iron'. It was a rivalry that a divided a nation and defined a sport.