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Pantani needs to be in the Tour!!!(8 posts)

Pantani needs to be in the Tour!!!BAi9302010
May 3, 2002 7:54 AM
I know it sounds crazy, but maybe someone should try a chainmail letter, like Specialized did for Cipo. Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't Pantani the only rider who has dropped Lance on a climb in the past three years(in 2000, despite being unable to train because of drug charges, jail, etc.)
re: Pantani needs to get out of the sport...Psalm 147-10_11
May 3, 2002 8:18 AM
At least that's the opinion of CONI, the anti-doping commission of the Italian Olympic Committee. It has recommended that Marco Pantani be suspended for four years for doping offences. CONI has passed on its recommendations to the Italian Cycling Federation...

See the full story at cycylingnews.
He can bemr_spin
May 3, 2002 8:31 AM
All he has to do is win the Giro. The TDF said they might add a 22nd team to allow Mercatone Uno in if Pantani wins the Giro.

Changing the subject a bit, I think it should be that way every year. The TDF should always make a place for the team that wins the Giro if not already selected. That would allow unselected GC-oriented teams one more shot.
I want some of what you are smoking. nmeschelon
May 3, 2002 8:33 AM
re: Pantani needs to be in the Tour!!!RadicalRonPruitt
May 3, 2002 8:58 AM
I miss Ligget calling him the little man or the little climber. I know it isn't meant as an insult, but...
He only has three obstacles to overcomeDave Hickey
May 3, 2002 9:23 AM
1. He's Italian
2. He rides for an Italian team
3. He rides an Italian bike.

Now if he were French, we wouldn't be having this discussion
...fourth obstacle:Wannabe
May 3, 2002 10:53 AM
No Form!

I'm getting tired of his rants: "Pantani must be in the tour to challenge Armstrong in the mountains."

Has Pantani even finsihed a race this year? Okay, okay, I know he's finished a couple...

I hope Simoni is able to produce some form for the tour. I'm bummed COAST got left out...

He only has three obstacles to overcomecycleguy
May 3, 2002 9:04 PM
Yes, they are all mountain tops! What ever the first three may be!!!