Summary: Italian road racing cyclist considered as a national hero in Italy who won the 1998 Tour De France and finished third in both 1994 and 1997, who in 1999 during a race in Switzerland was tested and found to be using performing-enhancing drugs and was disqualified, who was accused in a handful of doping cases and suspended, and who had been treated for depression over the last few years and had become withdrawn and bitter.
Cause of Death: Heart attack and cerebral edema
Born: January 13, 1970
Died: February 14, 2004
Location: Rimini, Italy