Memorial Marco Pantani

The Memorial Marco Pantani is a professional road bicycle race held annually in Emilia-Romagna, Italy.

Memorial Marco Pantani
DateSeptember
RegionEmilia-Romagna, Italy
Local name(s)Memorial Marco Pantani
DisciplineRoad
CompetitionUCI Europe Tour
TypeSingle-day
OrganiserGruppo Sportivo Emilia
Web sitewww.gsemilia.it Edit this at Wikidata
First edition2004 (2004)
Editions16 (as of 2019)
First winner Damiano Cunego (ITA)
Most winsNo repeat winners
Most recent Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ)

HistoryEdit

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.[1][2]

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.[3]

WinnersEdit

Year Country Rider Team
2004   Italy Damiano Cunego Saeco Macchine per Caffè
2005   Italy Gilberto Simoni Lampre–Caffita
2006   Italy Daniele Bennati Lampre–Fondital
2007   Italy Franco Pellizotti Liquigas
2008   Italy Enrico Rossi NGC Medical-OTC Industria Porte
2009   Italy Roberto Ferrari LPR Brakes–Farnese Vini
2010   Italy Elia Viviani Liquigas–Doimo
2011   Italy Fabio Taborre Acqua & Sapone
2012   Italy Fabio Felline Androni Giocattoli–Venezuela
2013   Italy Sacha Modolo Bardiani Valvole–CSF Inox
2014   Italy Sonny Colbrelli Bardiani–CSF
2015   Italy Diego Ulissi Italian national team
2016   Italy Francesco Gavazzi Androni Giocattoli–Sidermec
2017   Italy Marco Zamparella Amore & Vita–Selle SMP
2018   Italy Davide Ballerini Androni Giocattoli–Sidermec
2019   Kazakhstan Alexey Lutsenko Astana

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Administrator. "Presentato il Memorial Marco Pantani - anche Giro della Romagna". gsemilia.it. Archived from the original on 2013-08-11. Retrieved 2015-02-21.
  2. ^ "2013 Race Archive > Memorial Marco Pantani – Anche Giro della Romagna 2013 / August 31st". velorooms.com.
  3. ^ "Simoni wins second Memorial Marco Pantani". cyclingnews.com. June 5, 2005. Retrieved 11 September 2007.

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