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Historic Overview Marco Pantani

Rider

Overall Rank240
NameMarco PANTANI
Country
  Italy
Date of birth13-Jan-1970 - Cesena (Emilia Romagna)
Date of death14-Feb-2004 - Rimini (Emilia Romagna)
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Biography

Marco Pantani

Marco Pantani (Italian: [ˈmarko panˈtaːni]; 13 January 1970 – 14 February 2004) was an Italian road racing cyclist, widely regarded as one of the greatest climbing specialists in the history of the sport by measures of his legacy, credits from other riders, and records. He recorded the fastest ever climbs up the Tour's iconic venues of Mont Ventoux (46:00) and Alpe d'Huez (36:50), and other cyclists including Lance Armstrong and Charly Gaul have hailed Pantani's climbing skills. He is the last rider and one of only seven to ever win the Tour de France – Giro d'Italia double, doing so in 1998. He is the sixth of seven Italians, after Ottavio Bottecchia, Gino Bartali, Fausto Coppi, Gastone Nencini and Felice Gimondi, and before Vincenzo Nibali to win the Tour de France.

Pantani's cycling style was off-the-saddle, and was a relentless climbing style. His early death caused by acute cocaine poisoning in 2004 has further turned the cyclist into a popular icon. The narrative was cultivated by Pantani, who picked the nickname "Il Pirata" (English: "The Pirate") because of his shaven head and the bandana and earrings he wore. At 1.72 metres (5.6 ft) and 57 kilograms (126 lb), he was said to have the classic build for a mountain climber. His style has been contrasted with that of time-trialling experts such as the five-time Tour winner Miguel Induráin.

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 depression from which he never fully recovered, ultimately leading to his death in 2004.

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Major Victories

Giro d'Italia 1998
Tour de France 1998
Vuelta a Murcia 1999
Giro d'Italia - stages 1994 (2), 1998 (2), 1999 (4)
Setmana Catalana - stages 1999 (1)
Tour de France - stages 1995 (2), 1997 (2), 1998 (2), 2000 (2)
Tour de Suisse - stages 1995 (1)
Vuelta a Murcia - stages 1998 (1), 1999 (1)
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Seasons

Marco Pantani - Scores by Season

Year Team Score Rank
1. 1992 Carrera - Vagabond - Tassoni 23 677
2. 1993 Carrera - Tassoni 202 236
3. 1994 Carrera - Tassoni 1645 18
4. 1995 Carrera - Tassoni 1054 34
5. 1996 Carrera - Longoni Sport 0 1480
6. 1997 Mercatone Uno - Wega 2052 10
7. 1998 Mercatone Uno - Bianchi 3991 1
8. 1999 Mercatone Uno - Bianchi 1620 17
9. 2000 Mercatone Uno - Albacom 873 67
10. 2001 Mercatone Uno - Stream TV - Bailetti 63 623
11. 2002 Mercatone Uno 10 1222
12. 2003 Mercatone Uno - Scanavino 354 206
Overall: 11887 240