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The Death of Marco Pantani

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Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2006. Marco 'little pirate' Pantani confirmed his place as one of the greatest cyclists ever to ride when, weighing only 53kg, he won both the Giro d'Italia and Tour De France in the 1998 season. In contrast to those celebrations on the Champs-Élysées, the Pantani story ends in tragedy when, six years later, Marco was found dead in a Rimini hotel room from a cocaine overdose in suspicious circumstances.


In 'The Death of Marco Pantani' Matt Rendell recounts the incredible climbs, career threatening crashes, the public fallout with Lance Armstrong, drug scandals and conspiracy theories surrounding Pantani's career obtaining exclusive interviews with medial staff, officials, lawyers and people close to Marco to shed new light on the most colourful character in the peloton.

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The Death of Marco Pantani by Matt Rendell

At 9:30 pm on 14 February 2004, former Tour de France winner Marco Pantani was found dead in Rimini. It emerged that he had been addicted to cocaine since Autumn 1999, weeks after being expelled from the Tour of Italy for blood doping. Conspiracy theories abounded - that he was injected in his sleep by a business rival, that the Olympic Committee had framed him, that Italian Industrialists had engineered his downfall, etc etc.

If none of these is entirely true and none of them fully explains Pantani's personal tragedy, none of them is foundationless. This book will debunk the myths and make surprising revelations. About Pantani's personal tragedy, but also about the world of cycling. Matt Rendell has access not only to court transcripts but to many of Pantani's friends and the doctors who treated him.

But Pantani's life is about much more than drug addiction. Lance Armstrong described him as 'more of an artist than an athlete - an extravagant figure...' Despite being plagued with injuries he won both the Giro and the Tour in 1998, something very few cyclists even attempt. He was an inspirational icon, and the remarkable wins against all odds make gripping reading.

Reviews

'Superficially [Pantani] appears to be a familiar type of sporting self-destructor. Like George Best, Diego Maradona, Alex "Hurricane" Higgins, and so on, he was prodigiously gifted; like them, he couldn't handle success and its aftermath. But, if Rendell is right (and the evidence does seem conclusive) unlike them, he was a pharmaceutical creation almost from the beginning. He was "cycling's greatest cheat"...It is the pursuit of this revelation that makes the...book so readable.'
Bryan Appleyard
NEW STATESMAN

'an excellent book about the life and death of il Pirata, The Pirate, as Pantani was known. Rendell has interviewed dozens of those closest to Pantani to paint an intimate and sympathetic - if unsentimental - picture...this is also a work of meticulous investigative journalism that shatters whatever doubts anyone could still have about systematic doping in cycling.'
Xan Rice
OBSERVER SPORTS MONTHLY

About the Author

Matt Rendell
Matt Rendell survived Hodgkin's Disease and lecturing at British and Latvian universities before entering TV and print journalism. His first book Kings of the Mountains: How Colombia's Cycling Heroes Changed their Nation's History (Aurum Press 2002) was described in The Times as 'meticulous, elegant and sensitive.' His Channel 4 documentary about sport in Colombia and Ecuador, also called Kings of the Mountains, was described in The Observer as 'a gem, telling us more about the essence of sport in under an hour than a season's worth of Premiership matches.' He has written for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4, including British coverage of the Tour de France, and he edited The Tour de France Centennial 1903-2003 (Weidenfeld and Nicolson 2003). The National Sporting Club named Matt Rendell 'Best New Sports Writer 2003.'

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Publication date

22nd June 2006

Author

Matt Rendell

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Orion Publishing Co

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Hardback

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Biography / Autobiography
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9780297850960

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