In 1998, 28-year-old injured Italian cyclist Marco Pantani won the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia: an almost superhuman fear. The next year he was swept up in a doping scandal and he spiralled into depression, ending his life in shame, bitterness and cocaine addiction.
James Erskine’s documentary delves into the sad, fascinating details, painting Pantani as a victim and the world of competitive cycling as corrupt.
Similar to Asif Kapadia’s Senna, the pacey mix of grueling archive footage and poignant personal probing makes it essential watching, even for anyone who can’t stand the sport.
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