As I browsed through Waterstone’s bookshop this evening I caught a glimpse of Tyler Hamilton’s exposé of the doping regime within what was the US Postal cycling team of the early 2000′s . I just happened to turn to a number of pages dealing with the 2000 Tour de France and of Lance Armstrong’s obsession with his two main rivals – Jan Ullrich and my all time cycling hero, Marco Pantani. Sadly Pantani ended his life a tragic figure, dying alone in a hotel bedroom suffering from depression and acute cocaine poisoning.
I loved watching Pantani race, mercurial and total unpredictable. He rose even more in my estimation when I discovered that (according to Hamilton) this unpredictability drove Armstrong to absolute distraction!
Good on ya Marco!
Here’s Il Pirata (the pirate) in action.