Above: Pantani memorial atop Passo Fauniera
Larry was a bit under-the-weather yesterday so this post is one day late. Il Pirata passed away on Valentine's Day 2004. Too many Anglo-Saxons view Pantani as merely a foil for BigTex at LeTour. To Italians and cycling fans in general he was much, much more.
Click above for a nice video and audio tribute. We kind of doubt anyone will be composing a song for BigTex anytime soon.