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 Marco Pantani

Marco Pantani

Birth
Cesena, Provincia di Forli, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Death 14 Feb 2004 (aged 34)
Rimini, Provincia di Rimini, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Burial Cesenatico, Provincia di Forli, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Memorial ID 8394773 · View Source
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Champion Cyclist. He was the last cyclist to win the Tour de France prior to Lance Armstrong. In addition to the Tour de France victory in 1998 he also won Giro d'Italia the same year becoming the first Italian to accomplish this feat since 1952. Nicknamed the "Pirate" for his hoop earring and the bandanna that covered his bald head, he was a superstar in Italy. Fans would interupt their workdays or vacations to find a television and watch the cyclist with the giant grin. His ascent up the 21 hairpin turns of the Tour de France's legendary L'Alpe d'Huez in 37 minutes, 35 seconds in 1997 stands as one of the sport's most respected records.

Bio by: Ron Moody


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Ron Moody
  • Added: 17 Feb 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8394773
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Marco Pantani (13 Jan 1970–14 Feb 2004), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8394773, citing Cesenatico Cemetery, Cesenatico, Provincia di Forli, Emilia-Romagna, Italy ; Maintained by Find A Grave .