Wondering what the opinion is on here about a drug cheat who died of a cocaine (amongst other substances) overdose being honoured by next years Giro?
He was a brilliantly entertaining rider, undoubtedly a visual character, and did much to raise the profile of Italian cycling at a time when they didn't have much to cheer about. And probably most Italian cyclists from now on will be compared by Italians against the standard set by Pantani. Clearly in Italy this is sufficient to sweep the rest of the stuff under the carpet. If Pantani had not died, would we be seeing a dossier on his doping now? More likely tearful confessions.
I don't really see anyone else from that era of cycling being honoured in a similar way in the current climate of cycling, regardless of how impressive their palmares are.