Ten years ago Marco Pantani died of a cocaine overdose in a hotel in Rimini. When the news became public at the time, many people caught their breath. His death is still a mystery to this day. Certainly, even then, the topic of doping was on everyone's lips and since then the flow of negative reports in this regard has hardly decreased.
Nevertheless, Pantani, one of the few exceptionally gifted cyclists, left the stage. "I don't know if he took anything", said his mother recently, "but I know that he could have contributed a lot to the enlightenment." Perhaps this was in Pantani's interest and ultimately led to his early death. We do not know it. What is certain, however, is that he was doing cycling at a time when it was in a deep crisis without really being aware of it. Nevertheless, Pantani managed to captivate the masses like no other driver.
With this photo show we would like to commemorate the rise and fall of the Italian legend.
#4 To this day, Pantani holds the record for the fastest ascent towards Alpe d'Huez. This dates back to 1997. He won here for the first time two years earlier: July 12, 1995, Tour de France – Aime La Plangne to Alpe d'Huez, 162.5 kilometers.
#5 Duitama's third-place finisher won the Giro d'Italia in 1998, the year of the Festina scandal, and seized his chance during the Tour de France to snatch the lead from a ailing Jan Ullrich en route to Les Deux Alpes.
#7 The turning point in his career came in 1999 in Madonna di Campiglio. Two days before the end of the Giro, he was pulled out of the race due to a high hematocrit. He never recovered from this event.
#11 ...on February 14, 2004, news broke that Pantani had passed away. He had just returned from South America and on the return flight he had written his unnerving thoughts in his passport. On February 18th he was buried in his home town of Cesenatico.
To this day, Marco Pantani is unforgotten. He is still considered the best climber that has ever existed on a bike. rightly so! But he is also a symbol of a generation whose fame raises many questions. Almost more than the life and death of Pantani itself. So the question remains: What really moved his death?