Pantani : The Accidental Death of a Cyclist

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Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist

cocaine biography addiction tour de france cycling

Pantani : The Accidental Death of a Cyclist

Release Date: February 17, 2014

Year    :   2014
Slogan    :   «Every man has his own mountain to climb»
Genres    :   Documentary
Production Companies    :   New Black Films, Media Squared Films
Director    :   James Erskine
Producers    :   James Erskine, Nick Batzias, Paul Wiegard, Victoria Gregory, Robert Jolliffe, Paola Desiderio, Dominic Schreiber
Writers    :   James Erskine
RunTime    :   96 mins.

In 1998 Marco Pantani, the most flamboyant and popular cyclist of his era, won both the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia, a titanic feat of physical and mental endurance that no rider has repeated since. He was a hero to millions, the saviour of cycling following the doping scandals which threatened to destroy the sport. However, less than six years later, aged just 34, he died alone, in a cheap hotel room, from acute cocaine poisoning. He had been an addict for five years. This is the story of the tragic battles fought by the most important Italian cyclist of his generation; man verses mountain, athlete verses addiction, Marco Pantani verses himself.

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