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Old 02-14-04, 04:19 PM   #1
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Pantani Dead

no details yet, but it has been reported on the daily peloton that marco pantani has been found dead in a rimini hotel room.
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no details yet, but it has been reported on the daily peloton that marco pantani has been found dead in a rimini hotel room.
CyclingNews also has a late breaking story on it too.

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news.php?...b04/feb15news1
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CNN has about the same story.
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Someone posted it on usenet, I swear I thought it was a joke from some troll. Then I checked eurosport.com.
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RIP Il Pirata. So very, very sad.
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Old 02-14-04, 04:55 PM   #6
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Pantani

Sad day for the world of pro-cycling

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/othe...ng/3489569.stm

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Old 02-14-04, 05:04 PM   #7
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Well, dang!

I was never a fan of the Pirate, though I liked his presence in the sport. I thought he brought color to cycling.

Thirty-four years old. This is sad.

I wonder what the cause was.
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Old 02-14-04, 05:08 PM   #8
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Wow.

Couldn't stand the guy but hate to see anyone go through the mental health issues he apparently dealt with.
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Old 02-14-04, 05:35 PM   #9
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Wow.

Couldn't stand the guy but hate to see anyone go through the mental health issues he apparently dealt with.

Ditto here..... Didn't Lance used to tick him off by calling him Elephantino, or something like that?
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That sort of shocked me.
Today I was trying to read a lot about Pantani (before this), coincidently.
I found a couple of interviews to read, for example.
I looked back at that picture of his face on the TDF website as he was on the podium after winning the stage into Courchovel in 2000. 'Look at that face,' (again, this was before I knew of this)
Damn.
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Old 02-14-04, 05:47 PM   #11
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Definately a big loss.
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Damn, I'm still in shock.

Some reports are now stating that a note and some drugs were found. However, we won't know for sure for some time. Mental illness / depression is so devastating. I think there is sometimes a very thin line between greatness and illness. Pantani gave us all much to think/type about. I hate to see this as his final legacy.

RIP Marco - you were a racer, and a character that I won't soon forget.
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The giro is going to be so sad this year. It was really sad seeing the vuelta from last year, with poor Jimenez gone as well. Italian fans love their heroes, everyone must be just devastated!
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I am sad this evening- I really liked the Pirate and I was glad to see him ride at least once in the Giro. I was looking forward to seeing him ride again in this year's Giro, and I'd hoped for some pictures.

The Italians must be so upset by this- I know they loved Pantani, but then again, a lot of Europeans did. The first time I heard about the Tour de France was from Europeans who came over to my dorm room for the cable tv because they wanted to see the Pirate- they were so excited that I watched him too, and I thought he was very motivating and exciting.

I'm saddened and disappointed... RIP Pirate...

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It was funny how much he was like Chiappucci.

Both talented, egotistical Italian climbers with a grudge against a talented American racer.
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Old 02-14-04, 07:17 PM   #16
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Marco Pantani...found dead..

http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/news/story?id=1735252

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Old 02-14-04, 07:25 PM   #17
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This is VERY sad news for the cycling world.

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news.php?...b04/feb15news1

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Tour de France, 2000, Stage 12

Pantani and Armstrong in rarified air:
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He was one of my favorites, even though he fell on bad times.
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Old 02-14-04, 08:50 PM   #22
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For me, he seemed to have exploded onto the season in the Indurain years. You couldn't help but root for the little guy, pulling away from everyone on the big climbs. Later, he got cocky even megalomanical and I lost interest in him.

As I recall, elephantino was the nickname given to him very early in his professional career. After he started promoting himself as il pirata, Lance kept tagging him as elephantino to get a rise out of him.

He did make the game interesting.
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This had to have been the devastating results of depression resulting in overdose. Sad that a 34 year old would end their own life.
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Damn.
I thought he was the angry type and wouldn't bottle himself up like that.
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Such a pity....he was an awesome rider to watch, attacking on the steepest of climbs. I dont think that he will be forgotten, in particular by me as I have a team Polti thermal jacket.

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