Marco Pantani is a figure who splits opinion among cycling fans – some people love him, others not so much. One thing I think we can all agree on is that he died a tragic death. Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist endeavours to tell the story of this mercurial rider. On UK general release in April.
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B = Gino Bartali. Giro champion in 1936, 1937 and 1946, and Fausto Coppi’s great rival. Road to Valor tells the story of Bartali’s heroism in the Second World War.
C = Fausto Coppi. Giro champion in 1940, 1947, 1949, 1952 and 1953, and dubbed Il Campionissimo (champion of champions). Gino Bartali’s great rival. Fallen Angel, The Passion of Fausto Coppi tells the tumultuous story of his life and death. The highest point in the Giro every year is known as the Cima Coppi. Continue reading
Here’s another behind-the-scenes report from Sophie Chavanel, physiotherapist at French WorldTour team FDJ, who has kindly agreed to share her experiences and insights. Her first report explained how the team coped with sunburn, heat, niggling injuries and the wildlife. But there were different issues for the team and support staff to overcome at the rain-soaked Tirreno-Adriatico. Continue reading