Bittersweet Anniversary: Marco Pantani remembered, two years on

By Tim Maloney, European Editor

Two years ago on Saint Valentine's Day, Marco Pantani was found dead in room 5D in the Le Rose residence hotel in Rimini, Italy. On Sunday, February 12, many of his supporters and fans, former teammates and his family gathered in Cervia, near Cesenatico to remember Pantani with affection and grief. An evocative photo exhibit of Marco Pantani's career by renowned Italian cycling photographer Roberto Bettini was on show in one of the four large tents erected around Piazza Garabaldi, with other events including a commemorative "pedalata" with 200 riders including his loyal former team-mate and friend Robby Conti that stopped at Pantani's grave in Cesenatico and passed by his house.

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