Death Of A Cyclist Review

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When Italian road racer Marco Pantani died of a cocaine overdose in a hotel room in 2004, the sport of cycling was left to wonder what other drugs had coursed through his system during his Tour de France and Giro d'Italia wins. Documentary maker James Erskine charts his fall from grace.


Optimistically styled as Senna on handlebars, Erskine’s biodoc charts the triumph and drug disgrace of climbing specialist Marco ‘The Pirate’ Pantani. Told with a shallow flair, its apologist stance on Pantani’s scandals leaves you with more questions than answers.

Stylishly constructed but hollow and ultimately lacking in insights.