Marco Pantani story is a modern fable of fragility

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City AM

By Matt Hardy When you’re at the very peak of your sport there will always be questions asked around how you got there, and how you stayed there. But for some of the very best in history, they became victims of high performance; chewed up by their own hype and spat out at the side of the road to fend for themselves. This was the fate that one of the world’s greatest cyclists met nearly two decades ago. Marco Pantani was one of the kings of Grand Tour cycling in the 1990s and in 1998 became the seventh, and last, cyclist to win both the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France in the same year. But in …

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