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Mark Christian and Liam Holohan pay respects to one of their cycling heroes

Team Wiggins riders Mark Christian and Liam Holohan have visited the museum dedicated to one of their cycling heroes - the late Marco Pantani.

Christian, aged 25, and Holohan, 28, visited the museum in Cesenatico, the home town of the cyclist nicknamed il Pirata, in March when they were competing in the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali.

Italian brand fi'zi:k, which supplies saddles and bartape to Team Wiggins, accompanied the pair on their visit and produced a short video.

Located near the Adriatic coastal town's railway station, the museum is divided into three areas, each of around 100 square metres and each named after a climb associated with the 1998 Tour de France and Giro d'Italia winner - Sala Mortirolo, the Sala Alpe d'Huez and Sala Bocchetta, the latter being the museum's outdoor space.

On display are jerseys, bikes and trophies from the career of the rider who died in 2004 at the age of 34, as well as multimedia exhibits showing him in his prime.

Someone else who visited the museum recently is road.cc's own VecchioJo, who was on a trip to Italy to ride the Nove Colli - you can read his thoughts on it here.

 

 

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.