James Erskine, the award-winning writer, director and producer, said, "This is not just a film about cycling, but a psychological exploration of what drives athletes to compete; the masochistic pursuit of victory, to the point of self-destruction. It will look in detail at the nature of what it means to be a sporting champion and what great victories mean, in the controversial context of the doping allegations that continue to plague the sport."
The film will use race archive and contemporary news footage, stylized dramatic reconstructions and interviews with Pantani's friends, family, colleagues, and rivals.
RAI broadcast a movie in 2007 about the life of Marco Pantani. Actor Rolando Ravello played Pantani who died of a cocaine overdose in 2004. Ravello trained for months on the bike to prepare for the role; on set:
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