Pantani Was A God tee

£15.00

Gildan softstyle ringspun white tee.
DTF (Direct To Film) print in pink to left breast.
Sizing:
S Chest 34-36" Width 44cm Height 67cm
M Chest 38-40" Width 47cm Height 71cm
L Chest 40-44" Width 53cm Height 74cm
Care instructions: Machine wash warm, inside out, with like colours. Tumble dry medium. Iron inside out. Do not iron directly over printed area. Do not dry clean.
Composition: 100% combed ringspun cotton.

This tee celebrates the legendary Il Pirata, Marco Pantani. Born in 1970 in the Italian town of Cesenatico, Pantani was widely regarded as one of the greatest climbers in the history of the sport. He recorded the fastest ever ascents up the legendary Tour de France climbs of Mont Ventoux (46:00) and Alpe d'Huez (36:50). He's the last rider and one of only seven to win the Giro-Tour double back in 1998. He was an icon, worshipped by the Tifosi. He was front and back page news. He was to the Italian fans - a God. Unfortunately, his life spiralled downwards following being expelled whilst leading the 1999 Giro D'Italia. His expulsion was due to irregular blood values when tested post stage. It led to a disqualication on health grounds but it implied that Pantani's high haematocrit was the product of EPO use - rife in the peloton during this era. Accusations followed and Pantani spiralled into a severe depression from which he never fully recovered, ultimately leading to his death in 2004 - a result of cocaine poisoning, alone in a hotel room in Rimini on Valentines Day. A tragic end to an unbelievable character.