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Marco Pantani Photo Gallery

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Marco Pantani (January 13, 1970 - February 14, 2004) was the last rider to win the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France in the same year. From the spring of 1998 to the spring of 1999 he was not only the most capable climber in professional cycling, he was the the best bike racer in the world.

His career was beset with accidents, particularly his terrible collision with a car late in 1995 and his crash in the 1997 Giro. By early 1998 he was showing good form and delivered jaw-dropping performances in the Giro and Tour. In 1999 he was riding even more powerfully and about had the Giro wrapped up when he was booted after a blood test showed he had an excessively high hematocrit.

Pantani went into depression, became a cocaine addict and was never again the force he had been in cycling. He was found dead of a cocaine overdose in 2004.

Helping oftens starts with an intervention, it would appear that Pantani did not get that kind of help.

While he never tested positive for banned drugs (few did back then because there was no test for EPO, the favorite performance enhancing drug of the 1990s and early 2000s), evidence has since piled up that shows Pantani's wins were the product of extensive and heavy drug use.

Major Wins:

1994: Tour de France Young Rider, 2 Giro d'Italia stage wins
1995: Tour de France Young Rider
1997: 2 Tour de France stage wins
1998: Giro d'Italia (GC, KOM, 2 stage wins), Tour de France with 2 stage wins
1999: Vuelta a Murcia, 4 Giro d'Italia stage wins before being ejected

Professional Teams:

1992 - 1996: Carrera Jeans
1997 - 2003: Mercatone Uno

Nicknames: The Pirate (Il Pirata), Elefantino, The Squirrel (Il Scoiattolo), The Little Devil (Il Diavoletto)

Photos:

Marco Pantani leads Miguel Indurain

Marco Pantani leads Miguel Induráin and (I think) Nelson Rodriguez to Aprica in stage 15 of the 1994 Giro d'Italia.

Pantani wins stage 15 of the 1994 Giro d'Italia

1994 Giro d'Italia, that same stage 15: Pantani wins in Aprica. Claudio Chiappucci came in second, nearly three minutes later.

Pantani at the start of stage 2 of the 1995 Tour de France

Pantani at the start of stage 2 of the 1995 Tour de France.

Marco Pantani at the start of stage 4 of the 1995 Tour de France

Pantani (right) with teammate Marcello Siboni at the start of stage 4 of the 1995 Tour de France.

Marco patani at the 1995 Tour de France

Pantani gets back on the road after a mechanical during the 1995 Tour de France stage 8 time trial.

Pantani wins stage 10 of the 1995 Tour de France

Pantani wins stage 10 of the 1995 Tour de France at the top of l'Alpe d'Huez. Second-place Miguel Indurain is 1 minute, 24 seconds back.

Marco Patani in the 1995 Tour de France

Stage 14 of the 1995 Tour de France: Pantani climbs to Guzet Neige.

Stephen Roche with MArco pantani at the start of 1995 Tour de France stage 15

Pantani at the start of Tour de France Stage 15. Stephen Roche is on the left. This would be the stage where Fabio Casartelli died after crashing while descending the Portet d'Aspet.

1995 World podium

1995 World Road Championships podium, from left: second palce Miguel Induráin, winner Abraham Olano and third place Marco Pantani.

Pantani rides with Bjarne Riis and Mario Cipollini in the 1997 Milano-San Remo

1997 Milano-San Remo: Pantani rides with Bjarne Riis (center) and Mario Cipollini

Panjtani rides the 1997 Tour de France prologue

Pantani rides the 1997 Tour de France prologue in Rouen.

Pantani wins stage 13 of the 1997 Tour de France

1997 Tour de France, stage 13: Pantani wins at the top of l'Alpe d'Huez.

Pantani in the 1997 Tour de France

1997 Tour de France: Pantani putting the big hurt on Richard Virenque and Jan Ullrich

Marco Pantani and Giuseppe Guerini in the 198 Giro d'Italia

1998 Giro d'Italia, stage 17: Pantani leads eventual stage winner Giuseppe Guerini to the finish at Selva di Val Gardena. Pantani would exchange his green KOM jersey for the GC leader's maglia rosa.

Pantani wins stage 19 of the 1998 Giro d'Italia

1998 Giro d'Italia, stage 19: Pantani wins at Monte Campione

Marco pantani at the endof stage 21 of the 1998 Giro d'Italia

Pantani at the end of stage 21 of the 1998 Giro d'Italia

1998 Giro d'Italia final podium

1998 Giro d'Italia final podium. the glum-looking chap on the left is second-place Pavel Tonkov, then Pantani and then third place Giuseppe Guerini.

Jan Ullrich and Marco Pantani wait for 1998 Tour de france stage 8 to begin

Jan Ullrich (left in yellow) and Pantani (right) wait for Tour de France stage 8 to begin in Brive la Gaillarde.

Marco pantani wins stage 11 of the 1998 Tour de France

1998 Tour de France, stage 11: Pantani wins at Plateau de Beille

Marco Pantani in the 1998 Tour de France

1998 Tour de France: Pantani grabs a rain jacket.

Marco Pantani

Pantani in yellow in the 1998 Tour de France

Pantani wins stage 15 of the 1998 Tour de France

1998 Tour de France, stage 15: Pantani triumphs at Les Deux Alpes

Marco Pantani and Jan Ullrich in stage 16 of the 1998 Tour de France

Pantani's first day in yello, stage 16 of the 1998 Tour de France. Here is marks Jan Ullrich on the way to Albertville.

Jan Ullrich beats Marco pantani ins tage 16 of the 1998 tour de France

Pantani and Ullrich had broken away in stage 16 of the 1998 Tour de France and here Ullrich wins the sprint. Hardly mattered, Pantani led third-place Ullrich by almost 6 minutes at this point.

1998 Tour de France final podium

1998 Tour de France final podium, from left: Jan Ullrich, Marco Pantani and Bobby Julich

Felice Gimondi with Marco Pantani

1998 Tour de France: Felice Gimondi, the last Italian winner of the Tour raises Pantani's arm. Bobby Julich is to Pantani's left.

Marco Pantani and Celstino Vercelli

Before the start of the 1999 season. Vittoria Shoes owner Celestino Vercelli shows Pantani the new "Raider" shoe.

Marco pantani in the 1999 Giro d'Italia

1999 Giro d'Italia: Pantani (out of the saddle) with Laurent Jalabert (pink jersey) and Oscar Camenzind (rainbow jersey).

Pantani wins stage 20 of the 1999 Giro d'Italia

Patani wins stage 19 of the 1999 Giro d'Italia at Madonna di Campiglio. The next morning he would fail the drug test and be ejected from the Giro.

Celestino Vercelli and Marco Patani

2000, before the start of the season. Marco Pantani with Celestino Vercelli, owner of Vittoria shoes, which Pantani wore. Vercelli was a pro on the legendary SCIC and Brooklyn teams.

Marco pantani in 2000

Pantani in 2000 (I'm pretty sure, judging by the kit and shoes).

Marco pantani at the end of the 4th stage of the 2000 giro

Pantani get a drink at the end of the 2000 Giro's 4th stage.

Pantani and Garcelli in the 2000 Giro d'Italia

2000 Giro d'Italia: Gilberto Simoni leads Pantani, Stefano Garzelli and hidden, in pink, Francesco Casagrande.

Marco pantani and Stefano Garzelli in the 2000 Giro d'Italia

2000 Giro d'Italia. Since Stefano Garzelli took the lead in the penultimate stage, this has to be the final stage. Garzelli is riding with Pantani, who finished 28th.

Pantani wins stage 12 of the 2000 tour de France

2000 Tour de France, stage 12: Pantani finishes ahead of Lance Armstrong at the top of Mt. Ventoux

Pantani in the 2001 Giro del Trentino

Pantani rides the 2001 Giro del Trentino

Marco pantani and Gilberto Simoni in the 2001 Giro d'Italia

Gilberto Simoni leads Marco pantani in the 2001 Giro d'Italia

Marco Pantani on the attack in the 2003 Giro d'Italia

Marco Pantani on the attack in the 2003 Giro d'Italia

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