Book Review : The Death of Marco Pantani

Rob

Rob

Book Review - The Death of Marco Pantani

Author: Matt Rendell

Pages: 350

ISBN: 978-1-4746-0077-4

List Price: £9.99

Book Description:
An in depth, detailed and objective view of one of modern cycling biggest names.
The book benefits from a huge amount of research, interviews and investigation and tracks Pantani from his early love of cycling through to his huge success and then the tragic spiral that led to such an early death. It paints an intimate picture of the man himself and his personal struggles that fame and celebrity bring along with the pressure to succeed in a sport in a time of inherent and systematic doping.

Personal Review:
I found the book fascinating in many ways, and while at times difficult due to the amount of fine detail, it was a compelling read and a testament to the research and clarity of the writing. From the descriptions of life and culture in post war Italy through to the presentation of findings on drug testing and the multiple interviews and transcriptions with Pantani and many close to him, the depth of information and presentation is objective, but also does leave you in no doubt about what actually was happening.
I found myself feeling sorry for Pantani - another example of a rare talent, a true racing cyclist, who gets lost in the trappings of fame and celebrity their success brings them. 
If you still doubt there was systematic doping in cycling, then this is another book that lays it bare (also see Paul Kimmage, Tyler Hamilton, David Millar) and when you add on the personal drug habits it becomes a truly tragic picture.

Overall Score :
8 out of 10

Would You recommend this to a friend: Yes

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Overall Score: 8 out of 10

Would You recommend this to a friend: Yes

Rob

Rob

The grumpy old man... played county level at multiple sports, semi-pro football and since retiring from rugby taken part and completed in single to multi day adventure races, half marathons, marathons, ultra running, triathlon, half ironman, ironman. A qualified PT, Kettlebell Coach and Personal Coach.. Loves cake!

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