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Marco Pantani: The Legend of a Tragic Champion Paperback – February 10, 2005
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I enjoyed a lot reading this, it gives you a great and fresh point of view, analizing the whole Marco's carrer and life.
I am sure any cycling fan would love to read as it will make your adrenaline pump!
Leading sports journalist John Wilcockson packs solid information encompassing the fast life and wild ride of "The Pirate," where triumph and tragedy showed again the shadows in sports where winning at all costs may not just mean the implosion of a pro career. From that point of being the king of cycling, Pantani plummeted, being disqualified from the 1999 Tour of Italy after failing a test for banned performance-enhancing drugs, being treated for clinical depression in 2003 after several years of sporadic appearances at events and dying of a cocaine overdose at age 34 in 2004.
Wilcockson balances the Pantani that the public saw and admired with the private person, who had inner demons that finally engulfed his soul. It is a tragic story, but one which is a powerful reminder of what can happen when a life spirals out of control.....after the cheers of the crowd and awards from race officials are mere faded articles in old newspapers.
Anyone who still thinks that "certain riders" didn't take performance-enhancing substances should read this book (especially the interview with his ex-girlfriend).
Anyone who wants more insight into the TDF should read this book.
Anyone who knows even a little about Pantani and wants to understand his tragic story should read this book.
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Probably the greatest climber.
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