Marco Pantani

Fabio Carlino
Marco Pantani (13 January 1970 – 14 February 2004) was an Italian road racing cyclist, widely considered one of the best climbers of all time in professional road bicycle racing.wikipedia
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Tour de France

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He won both the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia in 1998, being the sixth Italian after Ottavio Bottecchia, Gino Bartali, Fausto Coppi, Felice Gimondi and Gastone Nencini to win the Tour de France. That same year Pantani made his Tour de France debut, coming in third and winning the young rider classification along the way.
Numerous riders and a handful of teams were either thrown out of the race, or left of their own free will and in the end Marco Pantani survived to win his lone Tour in a reduced main field.

1994 Giro d'Italia

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In 1994, he finished fourth at the Giro del Trentino and the Giro di Toscana before his second participation at the Giro d'Italia, where he was supposed to help Chiappucci.
Second and third respectively were the Italian Marco Pantani and the Spanish rider, Miguel Indurain.

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His style contrasted with that of time-trialling experts such as the five-times Tour winner Miguel Indurain. He also won a stage at the Tour de Suisse and finished third in the 1995 World Championships road race in Duitama, Colombia, behind Spaniards Abraham Olano and Miguel Indurain.
Luc Leblanc, Richard Virenque, Marco Pantani and Armand de Las Cuevas stayed with him but other rivals, including Rominger, were left behind.

Climbing specialist

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At 1.72 m and 57 kg, he had the classic build for a mountain climber.
Marco Pantani, champion of the 1998 Tour de France, was able to make attack after attack to quickly tire out his opponents.

1995 Tour de France

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In 1995, he was hit by a car while training, preventing him from riding the Giro, but rode the Tour and won stages at Alpe d'Huez and Guzet-Neige.
Marco Pantani won the young rider classification, and ONCE won the team classification.

Giro d'Italia

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He won both the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia in 1998, being the sixth Italian after Ottavio Bottecchia, Gino Bartali, Fausto Coppi, Felice Gimondi and Gastone Nencini to win the Tour de France. As an amateur, he won the 1992 Girobio, the amateur version of the Giro d'Italia, after finishing third in 1990 and second in 1991.
Ivan Gotti's wins in 1997 and 1999 were either side of the first win by Marco Pantani's win in 1998, a year in which he completed the Tour and Giro double.

1998 Giro d'Italia

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In 1998, Pantani was considered a favorite to win the Giro d'Italia.
Eighteen teams entered the race that was won by the Italian Marco Pantani of the team.

Felice Gimondi

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He won both the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia in 1998, being the sixth Italian after Ottavio Bottecchia, Gino Bartali, Fausto Coppi, Felice Gimondi and Gastone Nencini to win the Tour de France.
Between 2000 and 2001, Gimondi briefly worked as president of the team and as an advisor to Marco Pantani.

Davide Cassani

Luciano Pezzi founded, taking with him as directeur sportifs Giuseppe Martinelli, Davide Cassani and Alessandro Giannelli and ten of the riders from Carrera.
Cassani has also collaborated with Ivan Zazzaroni and Pier Bergonzi to write a biography of Marco Pantani, ''Pantani.

1998 Tour de France

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In the Tour de France, Pantani started the race by finishing 181st of 189 riders in the opening prologue, and losing over four minutes in the first individual time trial to 1997 Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich.
Marco Pantani of won the overall general classification, with 's Jan Ullrich, the defending champion, and rider Bobby Julich finishing on the podium in second and third respectively.

Mortirolo Pass

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In the following stage to Aprica, which featured the renowned Stelvio Pass and the Mortirolo Pass, Pantani attacked at the base of Mortirolo and broke free at the Valico di Santa Cristina to win the stage at Aprica and place second in the overall classification.
Since the death of Marco Pantani in 2004, stages of the Giro that go over the Mortirolo feature a special prize to the first man at the top of the pass, called Cima Pantani ("Pantani Top").

Young rider classification in the Tour de France

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That same year Pantani made his Tour de France debut, coming in third and winning the young rider classification along the way.
The only cyclists to win the young rider classification in multiple Tours are Marco Pantani (two wins), Ullrich (three wins — also finishing first or second in the general classification on all three of these occasions), Andy Schleck (three wins), and Quintana (two wins — also finishing second in the general classification both years).

Lance Armstrong

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His personal record for 13.8 km was in 1995 when he rode the climb in 36'40" Minutes, which remains the fastest ascent time to this day. He also holds the second and third fastest time at 36'53" in 1997 and 37'15" in 1994, followed by Lance Armstrong at 37'36" in 2004 and Jan Ullrich at 37'40" in 1997.
However, the absence of Jan Ullrich (injury) and Marco Pantani (drug allegations) meant Armstrong had not yet proven himself against the biggest names in the sport.

Alpe d'Huez

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In 1995, he was hit by a car while training, preventing him from riding the Giro, but rode the Tour and won stages at Alpe d'Huez and Guzet-Neige.
1997: Marco Pantani, who won on the Alpe two years earlier, attacked three times and only Jan Ullrich could match him.

Individual time trial

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His style contrasted with that of time-trialling experts such as the five-times Tour winner Miguel Indurain. In the Tour de France, Pantani started the race by finishing 181st of 189 riders in the opening prologue, and losing over four minutes in the first individual time trial to 1997 Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich.
Most recent winners of the Tour de France have been good time-trialists; exceptions include Marco Pantani, Carlos Sastre, and Andy Schleck, who were climbing specialists.

Jan Ullrich

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In the Tour de France, Pantani started the race by finishing 181st of 189 riders in the opening prologue, and losing over four minutes in the first individual time trial to 1997 Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich. His personal record for 13.8 km was in 1995 when he rode the climb in 36'40" Minutes, which remains the fastest ascent time to this day. He also holds the second and third fastest time at 36'53" in 1997 and 37'15" in 1994, followed by Lance Armstrong at 37'36" in 2004 and Jan Ullrich at 37'40" in 1997.
Riis struggled to keep up and finished 30 seconds behind Virenque, Marco Pantani and Ullrich.

1995 UCI Road World Championships

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He also won a stage at the Tour de Suisse and finished third in the 1995 World Championships road race in Duitama, Colombia, behind Spaniards Abraham Olano and Miguel Indurain.

1996 Giro d'Italia

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Other contenders included Alex Zülle, 1996 winner Pavel Tonkov and 1997 winner Ivan Gotti.
Simon believed that with the absence of Marco Pantani due to a crash at Milano–Torino, the Italian with the best chance to win was Francesco Casagrande.

Cesenatico

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He joined the Fausto Coppi cycling club of Cesenatico at the age of eleven.

Giro Ciclistico d'Italia

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As an amateur, he won the 1992 Girobio, the amateur version of the Giro d'Italia, after finishing third in 1990 and second in 1991.
The list of winners includes renowned riders like Francesco Moser, Marco Pantani, Gilberto Simoni, Leonardo Piepoli and Danilo Di Luca.

1999 Giro d'Italia

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In the 1999 Giro d'Italia, he was expelled due to his irregular blood values.
Defending champion Marco Pantani, leading the general classification in Madonna di Campiglio (20th stage), was disqualified for an excessive hematocrit level before stage 21.

Stefano Garzelli

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He lost time and could not attack until the last mountain stage to Briançon, in which he helped his teammate Stefano Garzelli to win.
Born in Varese, Garzelli started out as being a domestique for Marco Pantani but proved in 2000 that he deserved much more.

2000 Tour de France

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Pantani rode the 2000 Tour de France.
Before the race started, there were several favourites: Armstrong, after his 1999 Tour de France victory; Jan Ullrich, having won the 1997 Tour de France, finishing second in the 1996 and 1998 tours, and not entering the 1999 Tour due to an injury; and 1998 Tour winner Marco Pantani.

Cesena

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Pantani was born on 13 January 1970 in Cesena, Romagna, the son of Ferdinando (referred to as Paolo) and Tonina.

1994 Tour de France

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His values reached 58% on 8 June, after winning two stages of the race, and were 57.4% on 27 July, after the Tour de France.
Second and third respectively were the Latvian Piotr Ugrumov and the Italian rider, Marco Pantani.