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Gran Fondo Marco Pantani 2018.

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.

Cesenatico  Italy

The fishing town of Cesenatico will opens its arms to the world and offer a truly unforgettable weekend with memories off and on the bike plentiful. Collectively with Marco Pantani’s family and Alessandro Vanotti, they have created a programme of events that appeal to the international traveller. Netlesed on the Adriatic sea, Cesenatico, along with his port designed by Leonardo Da Vinci, has a rich history of great food and hospitality.

—   Saturday, September 1 2018   Day 1

Marco Pantani's life was colourful and his riding spectacular. To pay homage, we have organised a very special event.
Cesenatico comes back to life with the spirit of Marco Pantani. In the city centre you will find the Expo Area where registration process can be completed and you can collect your Gran Fondo Marco Pantani Santini Jersey. The expo will be full of many top Italian cycling brands and will be a must for those looking forward to going on shopping spree!
In true Italian style, the evening will be spent drinking great wine and eating the most fabulous food, as Gran Fondo attendees will be invited to the Marco Pantani celebration event. The highlight of the evening will be a presentation of many famous people from the cycling world each with their own particular stories about Marco Pantani. The carnival atmosphere will result in those arriving as guest, leaving as friends of Cesenatico.

—   Sunday, September 2 2018   Day 2

With 3 routes to choose from this truly is an inclusive event.
Short route Gran Fondo Marco Pantani 2018
Short route

Km. 73 – Drop Mt. 660

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Medium route Gran Fondo Marco Pantani 2018
Medium route

Km. 107 – Drop Mt. 1254

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Long route Gran Fondo Marco Pantani 2018
Long route

Km. 145 – Drop Mt. 2150

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Each route has been designed with the help of Vanotti Cycling Camp. Meticulous planning has gone in to ensure the rides pass along roads that Marco used when training for his great achievement.
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This is the essence of Pantani's country!
We are delighted to collaborate with leading tour operator Italy Bike Tours. They have created three packages for international clients looking to make the most of their time in Italy.

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.

We offer amateurs the experience an the enchantment of a classic withdrawal of a professional road team.

Register  Now

From Monday 5 February 2018, the registrations for the 2018 edition of the Gran Fondo Marco Pantani are open. To confirm your participation, sign up on Endu at the following link.
Register now on Endu

Cesenatico  Hotels

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