Marco Pantani Through The Lens
Friday February 14, St Valentine’s Day marks a decade since Marco Pantani one of cycling most flamboyant characters, was found dead in a Rimini hotel room. His fantastic successes at a time of the sport greatest excesses have produced a vibrant yet tarnished legacy. This photo gallery is the second special feature in a week long look back at the Italian rider’s career.
Pantani turned professional with the Carrera jeans team in the summer of 1992 and took his first professional victory with the team in 1994, with back to back victories in the mountains of the 1994 Giro d’Italia. He went on to finish second behind Evgeni Berzin and ahead of Miguel Indurain.
The Mercatone Uno team was created around Pa pandora bracelet ntani in 1997 and he would remain with the Italian chain store through the remainder of his professional cycling career which came to a conclusion following the 2003 Giro d’Italia, the Italian’s final race where he finished 14th overall.
Pantani’s stint with Mercatone Uno included both the pinnacle of his career the 1998 Giro d’Italia/Tour de France double, the last time a rider has won both Grand Tours in a single season and its nadir at the 1999 Giro d’Italia where Pantani would be expelled from the race with two stages remaining, while in the maglia rosa, due to an elevated haematocrit.
Pantani returned to racing the next year in 2000, winning two stages at the Tour de France including a head to head duel with Lance Armstrong on the slopes of Mont Ventoux, but he was never the same again.
Italian photographer Emanuele Sirotti lived just a few kilometres from P pandora bracelet antani and captured some iconic images of Pantani in his early years. Tim De Waele captured many of Pantani’s exploits on the bike during the Italian’s Mercatone Uno years from 1997 through 2003.
I liked watching Marco as well, Sadly the revelations of more recent times makes me question many performances of the period, Marco’s included.
I have a close friend who was riding as a 16 year old amateur in the early 1960’s at a reasonable level (national B team) who was approached by people asking him if he wanted to really be a pro cyclist and offered certain drugs! he declined and gave up cycling as a career option
Unless you were part of his team or trainer at that time you have absolutely no way of knowing if he was doping at 16 or not if Italy was the same as the UK doping was certainly rife at that time.
Anyway to the main reason for my post I am not sure your belief in Marco being a clean rider is sufficient cause to be so abusive to someone making what may be a valid point.
Based on OFFICIAL doping tests this gentleman won only one (of more than 30 per season) major race in his 10 year career the Giro, plus less than ten stages in the grand tours. Caught at least 6 times doping (3 times post mortem). Except for that one Giro, never won the best climber’s jersey. How does it compare, for instance, to the 16 classic race victories, 4 of them in grand tours, by Tony Rominger, best climber in each of them. Tony Rominger was pushing his teammates in the Tour TTT, for which he was penalized and which might have cost him the overall victory (those who remember how that tour developped as a consequence of that TTT know what I mean), while Pantani left his leader Garzelli on the decisive stage of Giro pulling along with him Garzelli’s top rival for the overall victory, Simoni. Riders from other teams were making fun of Garzelli being blessed with such loyal domestique, prepared to sacrifice the overall victory of his teammate for his individual stage win, attempt which failed due to the so typical of Pantani lack of endurance, both from stage to stage, within a stage and on longer climbs when he attacked too early. He achieved his most “spectucalar” victories while not a factor in contention for the overall victory (what’s spectacular about it?), as, eg., the gift from Armstrong on Mount Ventoux. Pantani’s name is mentioned by the media, not only in the anglophonic countries, more frequently than those of Merckx, Hinault, Anquetil or F Coppi (probably combined), while in a poll for the best Italian cyclists in history he failed to make the top ten. His name is missing from many palmares lists for lack of results. Typical of media glorification of Pantani is the comment on his second placing in his Giro debut and I quote from mem pandora bracelet ory: “he would have won the Giro but for the mistake of slowing down”. Had I not made this mistake I would have won 10 Tour de Frances.
One could mention other flaws of his character both as an athlete and as a human being.
“How much was real?” As real as anything else is. Pantani gave me many entertaining, exciting moments, he owes me nothing. If anything I owe him for what I have received from him. RIP Marco and thank you for the many epic moments. pandora bracelet and I grieve with your parents and many fans that what should have turned out to be a great future turned so tragic.
When some of you find you struggle in life, even if it is partly through your own choices (hindsight is 20/20), may you find the kind of support so many of you offer on this page. No parent should ever have to see their child (we are all children of our parents no matter what our age) suffer and die before them especially in such squalid circumstances. No he didn’t have only himself to blame, there is the media, ever ready to capitalize, publicize and instigate to make a story, the attitudes of those around him and who were supposed to guide him and likely introduced him to drugs and public and private expectation for the ‘performance’ placed on him. I haven’t walked a mile in his shoes, so I am not so quick to throw his memory to the dogs and criticize so freely. He was an unhappy man, perhaps because of the pressure to make these choices, we’ll never know.