The bike used by Marco Pantani at the 2000 Tour de France when he beat Lance Armstrong to win atop Mont Ventoux is for sale via auction in Italy, with an estimated auction price of between €25,000-30,000.
The Bianchi bike, plus a similar bike Pantani used at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, several autographed jerseys, trophies and cycling paintings, will be auctioned on December 9 in Milan and via the internet. The auction will be held by the Aste Bolaffi auction house as part of a sport memorabilia auction.
All the bikes and objects come from the Mercatone Uno museum. The Italian home goods chain sponsored Pantani’s for much of his career but has recently gone into bankruptcy.
Bolaffi says the two Pantani bikes were used in 2000 and then donated to Mercatone Uno.
The first was for the Tour de France, where Pantani famously attacked with Lance Armstrong on Mont Ventoux and where he also won the stage to Courchevel, before eventually abandoning the race with stomach problems. It is black and celeste but also has touches of pink to match the Mercatone Uno pink colours that replaced the usual yellow to avoid clashing with the race leader’s yellow jersey.
Armstrong has always claimed he was much stronger on the climb to Mont Ventoux and gifted Pantani the stage but that only worsened their already tense relationship.
“So much of that hostility came down to what happened on the Ventoux in 2000,” Armstrong told Cyclingnews in 2014 on the 10th anniversary of Pantani’s death.“I’m […]