The last cyclist to win the Tour de France and the Giro D’Italia in the same year was Marco Pantani, a bald, elfin climber who accomplished the feat in 1998. Tragically, “Il Pirata” did not have long to enjoy the spotlight — expelled from the ‘99 Giro following a blood test, he would die of acute cocaine poisoning in 2004. He was 34 years old. Today would have been his 42nd birthday. Rest in peace, Il Pirata.

The last cyclist to win the Tour de France and the Giro D’Italia in the same year was Marco Pantani, a bald, elfin climber who accomplished the feat in 1998. Tragically, “Il Pirata” did not have long to enjoy the spotlight — expelled from the ‘99 Giro following a blood test, he would die of acute cocaine poisoning in 2004. He was 34 years old. Today would have been his 42nd birthday. Rest in peace, Il Pirata.