<rant> I refuse to continue to allow hindsight to destroy the beautifully euphoric memories I have of watching riders like Pantani battle on the roads of cycling’s history.</rant>
Fact: Rapha + Marco Pantani = polarized opinions. Rapha’s CEO and founder, Simon Mottram, knew this and addressed it:
“This is not a tribute without respect for the tragic nature of Pantani’s story (see Tom Southam’s essay), and I feel it’s important to comprehend how Marco Pantani was an extreme example of the drugs culture corrupting an already fragile personality.”
The Rapha Special Edition Pantani Super Lightweight Jersey ($210USD) is built on an updated (stronger rear pockets) and obviously aesthetically modified (Such Pantani. Many detailing.) version of their summer maglia. There is also a bandanna. Because, Il Pirata.