This year’s Giro is of course the 10th anniversary of Marco Pantani’s death. And with several celebrations during the Giro, organisers sure won’t let us forget it. Is that all Lance needs to restore his Cancer Saint Shield? Death in a hotel room with a rolled up twenty and a suicide note?
“No,” the thousands shout. “Marco wasn’t a nasty bully like Lance and he had Italian made panache.”
Of course, he and Lance’s panache were synthetically produced and whether Marco was a bully or not depends on who you asked. Check this article out on that issue. It also nails pretty much everything about the Pantani myth.
I am not without sympathy for Pantani. His life and death was an awful tragedy. So what exactly is there to celebrate?
If it is more a case of Giro organisers aiming for a “lest we forget the tragedy of doping” style memorial, I am still left cold.
10 years later, lest we forget the tragedy of doping indeed.