The Death of Marco Pantani: A Biography

The Death of Marco Pantani: A Biography

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by Matt Rendell
     
 

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At 9:30 pm on February 14, 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

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At 9:30 pm on February 14, 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 debunks the myths and makes surprising revelations. About Pantani's personal tragedy, but also about the world of cycling. Matt Rendell had 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.

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An account of a journey into the depths of drugs in sport (and drugs in life) becomes a parable of modern sport and celebrity—SUNDAY TIMES

[Rendell's] not inconsiderable acheivement is to convey the sordid reality of the Tour while simultaneously adding to one's yearning for its lost idealism—THE TIMES

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—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—OBSERVER SPORTS MONTHLY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780753822036
Publisher:
Orion Publishing Group, Limited
Publication date:
09/01/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
324
Sales rank:
473,241
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

MATT RENDELL survived Hodgkin's Disease and lectured at British and Latvian universities before entering TV and print journalism. He is the author of A SIGNIFICANT OTHER (W&N, 2004), a top ten sports book and KINGS OF THE MOUNTAINS (Aurum, 2002). He has written for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4, including British coverage of the Tour de France. The National Sporting Club named Matt Rendell BEST NEW SPORTS WRITER 2003.

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On February 14th, 2004, Marco Pantani was found dead in a hotel in Rimini. The death of this iconic cyclist of Italy was both shocking and tragic. Matt Rendell does an excellent job of tracing this athlete¿s life and exposing the inconvenient truths of the sport he loved. It begins by making you fall in love with Marco¿s character and you find yourself cheering for him in every race and circumstance that he is in. It describes the peace that Marco feels when he is suffering in the mountains and the beauty of his unmatched attacks on the steepest of climbs. After winning both the Giro and the Tour in 1998, he was on top of the cycling world. During the 1999 Giro, the world was ripped out from under his feet when his haematocrit levels exceeded the UCI¿s standards and he was suspended for blood doping. Although nobody wanted to believe that their favorite cyclist was doping 'Matt Rendell included', Rendell easily finds enough evidence to prove it legitimate. Marco began using cocaine shortly after this affair and he was addicted to it through is death. This book does a great job of showing how devastating cheating in sports can be and Rendell¿s in-depth research exposes the dark heart of cycling. The writing here is captivating and it¿s a devastating roller coaster ride all the way through. Rendell really makes you identify with Marco¿s character so that you feel a connection with the book and it¿s almost impossible to put down. The first 50 pages are a little difficult to get through, especially if you¿re not into cycling, but after that it becomes a read that everyone can connect with. This is definitely a good read for almost anyone, but especially athletes, because it really stresses the importance of competing fairly even in a sport submerged in cheating. If you enjoy this book, I would also suggest reading A Significant Other by Matt Rendell as he profiles what it¿s like to be Lance Armstrong¿s right hand man in the Tour. Overall, I would definitely recommend this book and I think it¿s an excellent read for everyone.