Tuesday, 17 February 2004

Marco Pantani

I’ve just heard that Marco Pantani has been found dead.

For people who don’t know the sport of cycling, Marco was an extremely charismatic Italian cyclist, who achieved a remarkable double in 1998, when he won both the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France back-to-back. I remember Marco especially because I was one of the thousands cheering him to victory on the Champs Elysees. I was also privileged to see him duel with – and beat – Lance Armstrong up Le Mont Ventoux, in the tour two years later.

Words can’t really express the loss. He was a champion in one of the top sports as regards physical endurance, and a renowned mountain climber. Also, he was two years younger than me, and was apparently survived by both his parents. How sad for the world of cycling.

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