Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Marco Pantani - 'Il Pirata' (the pirate)

Marco Pantani Jan 13, 1970–Feb 14, 2004 (died at age 34)
Italian road racing cyclist, one of the best climbers in professional road bicycle racing. He won the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia in 1998... His career was beset by drug abuse allegations after a failed blood test in the 1999 Giro d'Italia. He died after a cocaine overdose in 2004...
Miguel Indurain, five-times Tour de France winner, paid tribute by saying:
"He got people hooked on the sport. There may be riders who have achieved more than him, but they never succeeded in drawing in the fans like he did."[13]