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Last Updated: Sunday, 15 February, 2004, 12:06 GMT
Pantani's career in pictures
Marco Pantani wins stage 14 of the 1995 Tour de France
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1995: Marco Pantani makes a name for himself by taking on the great Miguel Indurain in the Tour De France
Marco Pantani and team Mercatone Uno in action during stage 13 of the 1997 Tour de France
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1997: Pantani comes back from injury to win two stages of the Tour de France
Marco Pantani wins the 1998 Tour de France
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1998: "The Pirate" becomes the first Italian to win the Tour de France in 33 years and also wins the Giro d'Italia
Marco Pantani, Jan Ullrich and Bobby Julich
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Pantani finishes ahead of Germany's Jan Ullrich in second and American Bobby Julich in third
Marco Pantani
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1999: Pantani is ejected from the Giro d'Italia whilst leading the race after failing a drugs test
Lance Armstrong rides just ahead of Marco Pantani during stage 12 of the 2000 Tour de France
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2000: Pantani (right) wins two stages of the Tour de France but is fined and banned for six months for 'sporting fraud'
Pantani speaks to press after the 19th stage of the Giro d'Italia
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2003: A tough year for the cycling legend, as a battle for his reputation in court results in an acquittal for sporting fraud
Marco Pantani 1970-2004
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2004: Marco Pantani dies aged 34 but will always be remembered as one of cycling's great riders and personalities

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