Memorial Marco Pantani
|Local name(s)||Memorial Marco Pantani|
|Competition||UCI Europe Tour|
|Organiser||Gruppo Sportivo Emilia|
|Editions||16 (as of 2019)|
|First winner||Damiano Cunego (ITA)|
|Most wins||No repeat winners|
|Most recent||Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ)|
The race has been organized since 2004 and serves as a memory of Marco Pantani. The race starts in Cesenatico, Pantani's hometown, and follows a route towards his birthplace, Cesena. In 2007 the race was organised as a 1.1 event on the UCI Europe Tour. In 2013, the race was merged with the Giro della Romagna, a race in the same region.
After Gilberto Simoni won the 2005 edition of the race, he paid tribute to Pantani's memory by saying:
This race, paying our respects at the cemetery, the visit to Pantani's parents, have made me reflect a lot. Marco and I were never friends, we were rivals. 15 years ago we duelled as amateurs, and when we turned pro, he obtained important results and I did not. I can say that I was jealous and perhaps it was because of this that we never became friends. To be here and to win this race has a great importance for me. I want to remember Marco in a proper manner. Today, I won for him.
- Administrator. "Presentato il Memorial Marco Pantani - anche Giro della Romagna". gsemilia.it. Archived from the original on 2013-08-11. Retrieved 2015-02-21.
- "2013 Race Archive > Memorial Marco Pantani – Anche Giro della Romagna 2013 / August 31st". velorooms.com.
- "Simoni wins second Memorial Marco Pantani". cyclingnews.com. June 5, 2005. Retrieved 11 September 2007.
- Official website (in Italian)