Indurain in the '96 Tour

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Pantani only became the mythical figure he is today again after his death, when he was still alive Madonna was hanging like a cloud above his head.
A national hero when he won, an outcast when he got busted, a mythical figure after he died. My dad used to say if they'd have treated him like a normal human all the way, maybe then he'd still be alive.
I agree with this. Pantani was still romanticized but he was absolutely hounded by the press.