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.