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The Death of Marco Pantani by Matt Rendell
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Fascinating and tragic tale about one of Italy's favourite sons. Pantani could be likened to the sporting greats of yester year - a genius, unbelievable natural talent, relying on touch and feel, listening to his body and acting accordingly. But like most flawed geniuses Pantani had problems going back to his childhood. The book explores these and charts his progress as an amateur cyclist moving into the elite professional ranks and at the height of his powers capturing the rare Giro d'Italia/Tour de France double. It is ironic that on the eve of surely capturing his second Giro it all seemed to go wrong, at least in the public's eyes. However, integral to the book is the author's damning look at the doping problem in cycling. It becomes clear that doping and drugs did play a major part in Pantani's life way before his defence of that ill-fated Giro. Cycling should have done more to help itself and Pantani but both were in denial. Cycling is still paying. Unfortunately Pantani paid the ultimate price. Well worth a read.
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