Marco Pantani

Born: 13 January 1970
Dead: 14 February 2004
In: Le Rose Suite Hotel, Viale Regina Elena, Rimini, RN, Italia


Short description:

He was an Italian road racing cyclist, widely considered one of the best climbers of all time in professional road bicycle racing.
He won both the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia in 1998, being the sixth Italian after Ottavio Bottecchia, Gino Bartali, Fausto Coppi, Felice Gimondi and Gastone Nencini to win the Tour de France.
He is the last cyclist, and one of only seven, to win the Giro and the Tour in the same year.
Although Pantani never tested positive during his career, his career was beset by doping allegations.
In the 1999 Giro d'Italia, he was expelled due to his irregular blood values.
Although he was disqualified for "health reasons," it was implied that Pantani's high haematocrit was the product of EPO use.
Following later accusations, Pantani went into a severe mental depression from which he never fully recovered.
He died of acute cocaine poisoning in 2004.


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