Monday, 14 February 2011

Seven Years

Today is the anniversary of the death of Marco Pantani.

I've pretty much had a bike as long as I can remember, but it was Pantani who got me interested in professional cycling. Also in the last few years I've read quite a few biographies of some of the most successful cyclists of all time - have just finished a book about Fausto Coppi, in fact - and in fact when you look just at the Palmar├Ęs there are many cyclists who ultimately were more successful. But for sheer charisma there is nobody to touch him in my book.

And I was lucky enough to see him race in real life, winning the Tour de France on the Champs Elysees in 1998.

Ciao Marco

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