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The Death of Marco Pantani: A Biography (English Edition)

The Death of Marco Pantani: A Biography (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Matt Rendell
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'Superficially [Pantani] appears to be a familiar type of sporting self-destructor. Like George Best, Diego Maradona, Alex "Hurricane" Higgins, and so on, he was prodigiously gifted; like them, he couldn't handle success and its aftermath. But, if Rendell is right (and the evidence does seem conclusive) unlike them, he was a pharmaceutical creation almost from the beginning. He was "cycling's greatest cheat"...It is the pursuit of this revelation that makes so readable.' -- Bryan Appleyard NEW STATESMAN (3.7.06) 'an excellent book about the life and death of il Pirata, The Pirate, as Pantani was known. Rendell has interviewed dozens of those closest to Pantani to paint an intimate and sympathetic - if unsentimental - picture...this is also a work of meticulous investigative journalism that shatters whatever doubts anyone could still have about systematic doping in cycling.' -- Xan Rice OBSERVER SPORTS MONTHLY (2.7.06) '[a] sad, exhaustively detailed and beautiful book...This book, unflinching though it is, serves as a fitting, ambivalent tribute - to the man, and to the dark heart of the sport he loved.' -- Chris Maume INDEPENDENT (4.7.06) 'Matt Rendell must have been a forensic detective in a previous life, because while his research for the chapters up to mdc is particularly impressive, his account of the years of desperation leading to Marco's eventual death is breathtaking...Matt Rendell is to be congratulated on the tenacity of his investigations and for producing such a readable and absorbing account.' 'There are three passages in this brilliant but nightmarishly bleak book where, caught up in the excitement of Pantani in his pomp, Matt Rendell switches to the present tense to describe his greatest victories. The writing here is breathless, awe-struck, more evocative and incisive than TV pictures or newspaper reports could ever be. But Rendell, although a fan, is meticulous and painstaking and he investigates the Shakespearean tragedy of Pantani's life as if it were a crime scene.' -- Angus Batey THE TIMES (22.7.06)


At 9:30 pm on 14 February 2004, former Tour de France winner Marco Pantani was found dead in Rimini. It emerged that he had been addicted to cocaine since Autumn 1999, weeks after being expelled from the Tour of Italy for blood doping. Conspiracy theories abounded - that he was injected in his sleep by a business rival, that the Olympic Committee had framed him, that Italian Industrialists had engineered his downfall, etc etc.

If none of these is entirely true and none of them fully explains Pantani's personal tragedy, none of them is foundationless. This book debunks the myths and makes surprising revelations. About Pantani's personal tragedy, but also about the world of cycling. Matt Rendell had access not only to court transcripts but to many of Pantani's friends and the doctors who treated him.

But Pantani's life is about much more than drug addiction. Lance Armstrong described him as 'more of an artist than an athlete - an extravagant figure ...' Despite being plagued with injuries he won both the Giro and the Tour in 1998, something very few cyclists even attempt. He was an inspirational icon, and the remarkable wins against all odds make gripping reading.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Der gefallene Held 25. Oktober 2013
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Die großartig geschriebene Lebensgeschichte eines Menschen, der ein paar kurze Jahre ein herausragender Sportler war (und, unter glücklicheren Umständen, es viel länger hätte sein können) und in seiner Person den in die Irre gegangenen Radrennsport der Neunziger wie kein anderer verkörperte, erlitt und daran zugrunde ging. So tragisch und zugleich armselig sein Tod auch war, er hat eine verrückt gewordene Radwelt nicht eine Sekunde lang zum Innehalten und Überdenken ihres Tuns angeregt, man machte einfach weiter.
Nur ein englischer sportwriter kann diese Voraussetzungen mitbringen: die Besessenheit in der Recherche allerkleinster Details, diese wuchtige Schreibgewalt und nicht zuletzt die Redlichkeit, einer alles andere als angenehmen Persönlichkeit Gerechtigkeit widerfahren zu lassen.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen This Book is cruel 3. Januar 2013
Von Frank
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Cruel and boring, ........ to the Reader.
Ok Pantanis Life was Short, but there is no Need to come from One in the thousands just to fill the paper, with Italian politics and such.
Even for Fans - nothing, I regret the buy!

Edit: Ok, I read it to the end, where it gets better. Therfore for hardcore and Pantani Fans it will be fine.

From former 1 star I give now 3.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen More about Doping and Science than his racing... 6. März 2007
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First off, this is a good book, but it depends what you want out of it. Maybe I just prefer the cycling writings of John Wilcockson. For me, I like something like "23 Days in July" about the ups and downs, real life of a bike racer so that I feel like I am living it. This is the 3rd of the 3 Pantani books I have read and what I can say about it is; if you want to dig very deep into whether or not the guy "doped" than this is for you. If you want a book that really celebrates the champion's accoplishments balanced with what brought him down, without a ton of science thrown in, then I would recommend "Marco Pantani: The Legend of a Tragic Champion" as the best of the 3 books out there. Rendell's book is tied for second with Ronchi's overall. Ronchi's book really sheds more light onto his personal life and is also worth the read.

All good books, but I am on my second read of "tragic champion" and it probably won't be my last.

Overall, I feel Rendell thought Pantini was guilty of cheating and he made a point of proving it, which he did. Problem is, it was proven in heavy detail and took up too much of the book.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Detailed and interesting 17. Januar 2008
Von Joe Benvegnu - Veröffentlicht auf
Rendell does a good job of chronicling the young Pantini and the promise he showed in his early races. He also details his family life and the seeds for his later emotional issues. Rendell works analytically and steps through the events related to Marco's medical evidence of doping, his mental and social issues, and his eventual death. I have read other reviews in which readers expressed disappointment that Pantani's pro racing victories are not highlighted more in the book. I think the title explains Rendell's focus and as long as the reader in interested in learning more about Pantani as a man in addition to a cycling champion, I think this is a very good read.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Way too detailed 16. Januar 2007
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I struggled through this chronicling of Pantani's storied career. The author detailed every one of Pantani's races while he was a teenager then barely mentioned his early Tours de France. If I could stand more Pantani trivia, I'd buy the other two biographies to compare them with this. A disappointment.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Masterfully-told yet Heartbreaking Tale of a Brilliant Sporting Artist 16. Januar 2014
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"The Death of Marco Pantani: A Biography" by Matt Rendell is a masterfully-told yet heartbreaking chronicle of a brilliant sportsman who seemed, at times, to be as much an artist on the bike as an athlete. Rendell's prose is sophisticated yet accessible and the research underlying the text is comprehensive...the facts in order.

This book is an excellent counterpoint to "Man on the Run: The Life and Death of Marco Pantani" by Manuela Ronchi, which is slanted heavily in favor of the self-interested and self-preserving narrative that Ronchi endeavored to propagate. Unlike her, Rendell had no business dealings with Pantani that he felt compelled to excuse or justify, however subtly.

What Rendell reveals about Pantani's character and his psychology is not so much shocking as it is sad, yet Matt writes with respect, compassion, and perhaps, admiration? Idk...I'll have to ask him via Twitter (@mrendell)!

In the meanwhile, get this book and read it, especially now that you, the public, understand more clearly what we endured in the pro peloton at all levels, from the heights of the Tour and Giro (which I never rode) all the way down to the smaller one day and minor stage races like Tours of Cuba (a place which Pantani visited) or Turkey.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Difficult Read Initially 2. November 2010
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As other reviewers have noted, Mendell taxes the reader with way too many details initially. The first half of the book reads like Book II of the Illiad, presenting an exhaustive list of names and places surrounding Pantani's childhood and cycling beginnings. A historian might be impressed, but the average reader will probably yawn. The remainder of the book is no less dizzying, but by then Rendell has sufficiently focused on the key characters and events in Pantini's life to keep the reader hooked and clarify his thesis.

Pantani represents much of what is wrong with modern day sport: gifted and talented athletes are often shaped and molded by those around them (and more importantly their self and nationalistic interests) often times before they have formed any view or concept of themselves. In Pantini's case the results were devastating, leading first to detached self delusion and later to drug induced insanity and death.

As for doping, there is no shortage of insight into the subject for the interested reader. Rendell effectively demonstrates that doping is implicit at every level of professional cycling starting with the riders (or 'victims'), to the fans, teams and all the way to the governing bodies themselves. Cycling is broken - anybody who thinks otherwise is as delusional as Pantini himself was.
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