In 1998 Marco Pantani the most flamboyant and popular cyclist of his era won both the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia - a titanic feat of physical and mental endurance that no rider has repeated since. He was a hero to millions - the saviour of professional cycling following the doping scandals which threatened to destroy the sport. However less than six years later aged just 34 he died alone in a cheap Italian hotel room. This film is not just about cycling but an emotional exploration of what drives athletes to compete; man versus mountain athlete versus... the system Marco Pantani versus himself. Special Features: Extended Interviews with Greg LeMond Matt Rendell and Richard Williams [show more]
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James Erskine directs this feature documentary about the Italian cyclist Marco Pantani. In 1998 Pantani won the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia, a remarkable accomplishment which has not been achieved by any cyclist since. Such great success also came with mounting pressure, however, and when he was disqualified from the Giro a year later Pantani began taking cocaine. In 2004, at the age of 34, he was found dead in a hotel room. The film chronicles the road racer's success and his untimely fall.