The intimate biography of the charismatic Tour de France winner Marco Pantani, now updated to include the 2014 and 2015 investigation into Pantanis death. National Sporting Club Book of the Year Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award An exhaustively detailed and beautiful book ...a fitting, ambivalent tribute - to the man, and to the dark heart of the sport he loved Independent On Valentines day 2004, Marco Pantani was found dead in a cheap hotel. It defied belief: Pantani, having won the rare double of the Giro dItalia and the Tour de France in 1998, was regarded as the only cyclist capable of challenging Lance Armstrongs dominance. Only later did it emerge that Pantani had been addicted to cocaine since 1999. Drawing on his personal encounters with Pantani, as well as exclusive access to his psychoanalysts, and interviews with his family and friends, Matt Rendell has produced the definitive account of an iconic sporting figure.
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