A complicated legacy - Tour de France's Italian start casts spotlight on Marco Pantani’s tainted glory

Marco Pantani
Marco Pantani (Image credit: Getty Images)

It is 26 years since Marco Pantani won the Tour de France and 20 years since his tragic death, yet the Italian climber remains one of the most celebrated but also controversial riders in the long history of the race.

Pantani is just one of seven Italians to have won the Tour de France and he completed a rare Giro-Tour double in 1998, just as Tadej Pogačar is trying to do this year.

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Stephen Farrand
Head of News

Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.