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January 13, 2004

Goodbye to Swamps?

SI.com | Pantani reportedly close to retirement

Today is Marco Pantani's 34th birthday, and Gazzetto dello Sport quoted the Pirate's father that his son is unlikely to race this year.

Pantani, who ran with the Mercatone Uno team last year, is without a new team for the upcoming cycling season, and Gazzetta reported he was overweight after months of no training.

Pantani, who has a professional record of 36 wins, including 16 stages in the Giro and Tour, could not be reached for comment.

But his agent, Manuela Ronchi, said: "Marco never said he does not want to compete again, although he has not been training lately."

"He's trying to find new motivation for continuing," she said.

In honor of Marco's birthday, I give you one of my favorite Usenet posts of all time, "Pantani (Swamps) Interview":

Armstrong a giant has seemed to him, in front of which all is felt pygmy: "It has me really surprised the way to climb, the walk, the average that was able to sustain. I have seen so many champions, but this goes stronger than the others."

I could go on, but you've just got to read it....

Posted by Frank Steele on January 13, 2004 in Marco Pantani | Permalink

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