Part of our One Hit Wonders series, showcasing great new documentaries at special one-night-only screenings!
“An efficient, sprightly sports doc about the rise and fall of 1990s cycling superstar Marco Pantani.” – Time Out London
“Similar to 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.” – Total Film
“James Erskine's film about the life and death of Italian cyclist Marco Pantani features thrilling footage and revealing interviews.” – Mike McCahill, Guardian UK
In 1998 Marco Pantani, the most flamboyant and popular cyclist of his era, won both the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia, a titanic feat of physical and mental endurance that no rider has repeated since. He was a hero to millions, the savior of cycling following the doping scandals which threatened to destroy the sport. However, less than six years later, aged just 34, he died alone, in a cheap hotel room, from acute cocaine poisoning. He had been an addict for five years. This is the story of the tragic battles fought by the most important Italian cyclist of his generation; man versus mountain, athlete versus addiction, Marco Pantani versus himself. (Dir. by James Erskine, 2014, UK, 96 mins., Not Rated, Specticast) Digital