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Eva Maria said:I remember watching that and thinking "What a Fred, he can't put his jacket on"
Then I raced over the Galiber during La Marmotte. You are at 9,000 feet, you have been climbing for 2 1/2 hours, your brain is not working. Add in tight turns, no guard rail, sheer drop. I understand why he stopped.
Jonathan said:I remember a quote from one of his former teammates (can't remember who it was) - "There was always something with Pantani", he just couldn't do anything smooth and calculating. There was always a bit of desparation, a clumsy incident or something more serious. But in the first half of his career, he always came back as well. Perhaps that was why some kept believing in him - Pantani was able to keep struggling for so long.
It was a minor point; he took a wrong turn at the top of Alpe d'Huez and that car crash he had around 2002 was amazing - how on earth could one man pile so many cars on top of one another? Pantani was just incredibly clumsy, and a definite anti-hero. Certainly no Superman, and I think that was part of what was sympathetic about him.TrudyTas said:Yeah, even to get his rain coat on