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The Death of Marco Pantani: A Biography Paperback – 6 Jun 2007

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: W&N; New Ed edition (6 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753822032
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753822036
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 167,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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[Rendell's] not inconsiderable acheivement is to convey the sordid reality of the Tour while simultaneously adding to one's yearning for its lost idealism (Matthew Syed Times)

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Intimate biography of the charismatic Tour de France winner and the world that caused his downfall

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Format: Hardcover
After a slow start this book becomes "can't put it down" material. Rendell's research is exceptionally detailed and you really get to understand how doping benefits cyclists. Delving into Pantani's personal life is where the book excels, rivets, and upsets though. Reading about his decline and cocaine problems was extremely moving, and even after putting the book down for an evening my mind would still be going over the content. Well worth reading, whether you're a cycling fan or not. The fine line between genius and madness is well revealed here, showing how the gifted Pantani slipped onto the wrong side of the line.
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A fantastic exploration of the this amazing cyclist, the allegations of doping, the court battles and his last few days in the hotel room where he was eventually found dead. Rendell has a unique insight to the case, from his interviews and knowledge of this sport and his writing is thrilling, especially as he describes Pantani's various victories. He draws some interesting conclusions concerning whether or not Pantani had a mental illness (I believe as someone suggested that he was bipolar), and asks questions about his ultimate downfall. Highly recommended if you are into cycling or even just want an excellent sports biography.
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I am no cyclist, but found the book extremely interesting. I came to the subject with an open mind, but was convinced by the author's arguments - we are talking about doping in the milieu of cycling.

The book takes us from Marco Pantani's youth right up to his death, and beyond.

Unlike one of the previous critics, I do not consider the volume to be a hatchet job. All allegations are examined in detail, and medical concepts are explained very clearly - I know more about blood chemistry than I'll never need!

The evidence is overwhelming. Marco Pantani was doped, and probably from the beginning of his career. The evidence is the blood samples. The modes of defence are shown to make no medical sense, and the asides are also quite damning (why would cyclists want to set up bikes in their hotel room, during a Tour? it only makes any sense if their blood is thick and they need to get the heart pumping during the night. And it is thick because they take r-EPO).

I felt the book is very fair. It is certainly well researched and thorough. No hatchet job, this.
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I had been apprehensive. Matt Rendell had excused Santi Botero's abnormal testosterone levels in his, otherwise excellent, Kings of the Mountains as being natural to the athlete (Operation Puerto, Matt?). I had also read him defending Lance Armstrong against doping charges (L'Equipe allegations?).

I wondered, then, if Rendell might take the easy option and circumvent the entire doping issue. I was shocked, and suspect that the author was too, by the conclusion of this excellent, deeply insightful biography: Pantani's entire professional career was fraudulent. All of his victories were achieved through massive doses of r-EPO and probably growth hormone. His haematocrit levels fluctuated wildly over the course of a season from what would seem to be a natural level of 43% (off-season) to 58% and higher when competing.

However, Rendell doesn't stop with Pantani - there is a strong suggestion of state-sponsored doping within Italy, covered-up at the highest levels. Other athletes are also named as being part of a huge doping network, including Roche, Chiapucci and Cipo. While I felt sure most of the champions of the 90s and beyond must have used EPO, I never thought I would see a writer express this so candidly and, more importantly, provide substantial proof that this was the case.

Rendell has not taken the easy option. This is a definitive account of Pantani's life and the deepest analysis yet of EPO doping within the peloton.
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Just because I gave a less than stellar review to Matt's more recent book on the Tour de France, I thought it only fair to contribute my thoughts on this one as well - because it's superb.
Meticulously researched, beautifully written, detailed, moving and horrifying by turns, this book is both a grisly account of the disintegration of a personality, and the story of one of the greatest cycling talents ever. Marco Pantani, Il Pirata as he is known from the piratical headscarf he sometimes wore, was a doper, a cheater and an addict - and one of the most amazing cycling mountain-climbers of all time; a mass of contradictions who still provokes awe and deprecation in equal amounts. Matt Rendell brings out the many sides of this complex personality in his disturbing and sometimes cold-bloodedly factual account.
If anyone should dispute the figures Matt quotes, by the way, there's one small but telling piece of evidence of their authenticity: namely the writer's puzzlement at the .wdb suffix to the filenames of the doping records. Apparently this unfamiliar format made them very difficult to recover! However any old-skool PC user will recognise this as the suffix of an antiquated MS Works Database format, for the simple-minded cut-down database which was supplied with the (surprisingly useful IMO :) ) MS Works suite for pre Win '98 versions of Windows. That Matt was genuinely puzzled by this says volumes for his integrity if you think about it. You couldn't make it up!
But seriously: this is a biography of Il Pirata, from his earliest involvement in cycling to his ignominious death from cocaine overdose in Hotel Residence le Rose, Rimini, in 2004. But the book's title is The *Death* of Marco Pantani; not 'The Life'. If you read this book, you will understand why; Marco, as Matt says, 'had been dying a long time'. This book is immensely sad; it is also a must read for any cycling fan. Highest possible recommendation.
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