February 14, 2004
Pantani death reactionPantani loss is cycling's tragedy, says procycling editor
Jeremy Whittle, who edits procycling magazine:
Tonight, it is over — definitively. Tragically, he died a bitter and seemingly lonely death — his youthful talents a distant memory, at only 34. Former professional Paul Kimmage, now a journalist, used to maintain that the riders were victims of a system — in Pantani's case it seems that tragically, he was right.
Like Icarus, Pantani flew too close to the sun, but he — and his friends and family — have paid too high a price for his misdemeanours, both real and imagined. He deserved far better than this.
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Quite simply to me the most talented rider i have ever seen. When Marco wanted he made them look mre mortals. For a pure moantain goat to win the Tour in this era was nothing short of amazin.
Cycling will miss you Marco
Posted by: Jordan North at Oct 19, 2004 5:22:03 PM