This was one of 8 large scale paintings of famous cyclists on cardboard which first adorned the entrance to the Spin London bike show in 2017. They were later sold to a private client. I portrayed a series of cyclists chosen in some way for their notoriety or particular struggle in the world of cycling. Marco Pantani, “Il Pirata” won the Giro and the Tour in the same year, 1998. However he was notorious for his consumption of drugs. He died of cocaine poisoning in 2004.