A gripping account of the life and death of one of Italy's cycling greats. The Death of Marco Pantani looks at his lasting legacy and explains the myths and theories surrounding his death with intimate access to court records, doctors and friends.
At 9:30 pm on 14 February 2004, former Tour de France winner Marco Pantani was found dead in Rimini.
It emerged that he had been addicted to cocaine since Autumn 1999, weeks after being expelled from the Tour of Italy for blood doping. Conspiracy theories abounded - that he was injected in his sleep by a business rival, that the Olympic Committee had framed him, that Italian Industrialists had engineered his downfall, etc.
If none of these is entirely true and none of them fully explains Pantani's personal tragedy, none of them is foundationless.
Matt Rendell had access not only to court transcripts but to many of Pantani's friends and the doctors who treated him.
But Pantani's life is about much more than drug addiction. Lance Armstrong described him as 'more of an artist than an athlete - an extravagant figure ...' Despite being plagued with injuries he won both the Giro and the Tour in 1998, something very few cyclists even attempt. He was an inspirational icon, and the remarkable wins against all odds make gripping reading.
Cordee's Cycling Selection covers all activities from road and touring guides, mountain bike guides, guides for families, guides to Europe - and then there's the tour de france selection and reading matter about some of the good and great from the cycling world.
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