|Date of Birth||January 13, 1970|
|Place of Birth||Cesena, Italy|
|Date of Death||February 14, 2004 (age 34)|
Marco Pantani was an Italian professional cyclist who competed in road races. He was born in Cesena, Italy on January 13, 1970. In the 1990s and early 2000s, Pantani had a successful career, and he was noted for his climbing skills and aggressive racing style.
Pantani began his professional cycling career in 1992 and soon rose to prominence, winning a number of major races. In 1998, he won both the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France, becoming the last cyclist to accomplish this feat. Pantani also won the Milano-Torino, the Giro di Lombardia, and the Mount Ventoux stage of the Tour de France during the course of his career.
Pantani was recognized off the bike for his enthusiasm for music and love of motorcycles. As a result of failing a doping test in 1999, he was ultimately banned from cycling in 1999 due to his drug addiction. In 2003, he attempted to make a comeback, but injuries ultimately forced him to quit.
Pantani died of a heroin overdose on February 14, 2004, at the age of 34. The cycling fraternity was stunned by his passing, and he is hailed as one of the best climbers in the history of the sport.
The greatest accomplishments of Marco Pantani:
|1998||Tour de France|
|1998||Giro di Lombardia|
|1994||Tre Valli Varesine|
|1998||Stage 15, Tour de France|
|1997||Stage 18, Giro d’Italia|
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