On the 20th Anniversary of Marco Pantani’s Giro d’Italia and Tour de France double, the home town of Pantani, Cesenatico stands by to celebrate it’s most famous of sons. A weekend of celebration culminating in an gran fondo that will pay homage to one of the true greats of world cycling. This is an unmissable occasion for lovers of Pantani and cyclist looking for a authentic Italian welcome.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Marco Pantani winning the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France double. The last man to achieve such a feat. Standing on the podium on the Champs–Elysees it was another former Italian giant of the cycling world, Felice Gimondi, who had himself won the Giro d’Italia – Tour de France in 1965, that presented Marco with the yellow jersey. With the world watching, it was an iconic moment that proved to be the pinnacle of Marco Pantani's career.
Those attending the event can look forward to a weekend full of highlights that include a gala dinner attended by stars of the cycling world (Friday) along with a celebratory event in the centre of Cesenatico on Saturday evening. Ivan Basso (two times winner of the Giro d’Italia) will be one of the many stars attending (of which more will be announced in the coming months).
The anniversary of this achievement is the perfect moment for Cesenatico to remember Marco’s life. This year's Gran Fondo is much anticipated by both lovers of cycling and Italy. A collaboration with Marco Casadio Strozzi and Vanotti Cycle Camp has resulted in a new approach to attracting both Italian and International riders. Italy Bike Tours and EuTravel Ltd will specifically be working to promote the event internationally. Alessandro Vanoti needs little introduction, and having completed 19 Grand Tours he is considered to be one of the best domestics of his generation, helping Vincenzo Nibali and Fabian Aru to Grand Tour victories. His experience and knowledge of the pro-peleton has proved invaluable in creating this superb weekend.
The first notable difference from this year’s edition is the logo, which recognises Pantani’s iconic bandana and earring. The logo also reflects the colours which are synonamous with the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France - yellow and pink. The pirate logo of course paying homage to Pantani’s nickname the Pirata.
The Pantani theme is also evident in the three courses designed to offer both challenge and fun. This is a weekend to celebrate Marco’s life, and therefore Allesandro Vanotti has thoroughly researched the routes that Marco used when training, and riders can look forward to riding Montevecchio and also passing the Marco Pantani monument.
We look forward to welcoming you to Cesenatico in September.