Historic Overview Marco Pantani

Rider

Overall Rank297
NameMarco PANTANI
Country
  Italy
Date of birth13-Jan-1970 - Cesena (Emilia Romagna)
Date of death14-Feb-2004 - Rimini (Emilia Romagna)
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Marco Pantani - Scores by Season


Seasons

YearTeamScoreRank
1. 1992 Carrera 18 623
2. 1993 Carrera 203 224
3. 1994 Carrera - Tassoni 1593 17
4. 1995 Carrera - Tassoni 1076 34
5. 1996 Carrera - Longoni Sport 0 932
6. 1997 Mercatone Uno 1456 15
7. 1998 Mercatone Uno - Bianchi 2571 2
8. 1999 Mercatone Uno - Bianchi 1090 38
9. 2000 Mercatone Uno - Albacom 452 131
10. 2001 Mercatone Uno - Stream TV - Bailetti 63 562
11. 2002 Mercatone Uno 10 1011
12. 2003 Mercatone Uno - Scanavino 314 206
Overall: 8846 297

Biography

Marco Pantani (Italian pronunciation: [ˈmarko panˈtaːni]; 13 January 1970 – 14 February 2004) was an Italian road racing cyclist, widely considered one of the best climbers of his era 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.

Pantani's attacking style and aggressive riding turned him into a fan favorite in the late 1990s. He was known as "Il Pirata" (English: "The pirate") because of his shaved head and the bandana and earrings he always wore. At 1.72 m and 57 kg, he had the classic build for a mountain climber. His style contrasted with that of time-trialling experts such as the five-times Tour winner Miguel Indurain.

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 depression from which he never fully recovered. He died of acute cocaine poisoning in 2004.

source - Wikipedia