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The Ferrari 250 GT Short and Long Wheelbase Sports Cars

1960 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione | Passo Corto | SWB | Short Wheelbase Competition Coupe | Pininfarina et Scaglietti | 3.0L Tipo 168 V12 280 hp | Top Speed 270 kph 168 mph | Chassis No 2119 won the Tourist Trophy Races 1960 & 1961 Driven by Sterling Moss

1958 Ferrari 250 GT TdF Berlinetta | 1 Louvre | Tour de France | Series IV | Long Wheelbase Coupe | Scaglietti | Pininfarina | 3.0L Tipo 128 C V12 260hp | Chassis No 0881GT | Covered Lights | Fins | Only 36 units of this model were produced

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Following the 2014 Tour de France on Instagram

To view more photos and videos from the Tour de France, follow @letourdefrance on Instagram and browse the #letour, #tourdefrance2014 and #tdf hashtags.

The Tour de France (@letourdefrance) officially kicked off this weekend in Yorkshire, England. Covering a distance of 3,664 kilometres (2,276 miles), the 101st tour starts in Leeds and Sheffield. After snaking through mainland France, as well as parts of Belgium and Spain, the final stages take place in the Périgueux region, leading up to the finish line at the Champs-Élysées in Paris on July 27.

Want to get a first-hand look at the the Tour de France? Be sure to follow these Instagrammers:

  • Le Tour de France, official account of Le Tour de France — @letourdefrance
  • Chris Froome, cyclist from Great Britain — @chrisfroome
  • Mark Cavendish, cyclist from Great Britain — @markcavendish
  • Team Sky, British competing team — @teamsky
  • Peter Sagan, cyclist from Slovakia — @petosagan

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

The Suicide Note of Marco Pantani
You will read this after, so I want you to know I was happiest on the bike.
For all of my memory I felt the most at home
With my feet on the pedals and the world moving around me.
The perfume of grease,
mentholated embrocation
and the heat in my legs.

We saw the movie in the small cinema in Cesenatico,
Disney’s little elephant who could fly.
I flew away on my bike that afternoon,
A boy’s eyes wet with tears of humiliation.
The harder I pedaled,
The higher I flew,

I learned to use my skills,
To fly above my hurt,
You called me hero, but I heard only taunts.
Pedal harder.
You called me campione.
Pedal harder.
You called me cheater.
Pedal harder.

I’m sorry, but I could not pedal every hour of every day.
I could not keep those thoughts
From my sleep.
So I filled my hours with tricks to stop the endless chatter of
God and family. Sin and redemption. My face in the mirror.
My imperfections magnified.
Pedal harder.

I held the biggest prize above my head
My heart was full of joy and peace.
My mother and father wept at my achievement.
But by the next dawn I was filled again with shame.
Pedal harder.
And when the next prize was taken
Just hours from my grasp
All was black inside
And I could only recoil from the light.
They wanted to punish me,
But I was already in prison.

I fought back, of course.
To be my own superhero,
A Pirate, a criminal beloved for his audacity.
Accepted as flawed. Accepted.
But I could not accept myself.
I cut away at my face,
but I could not slice into my disfigured soul.

Do not think it was all for nothing.
There is so much that I cherish.
Thank you, my dear friends,
For your hands reaching out for my slippery fingers.
I did see your signs on the climbs,
My name in fresh paint that clung to my tires.
I appreciated your hands on the small of my back,
The cool water spilled down my neck.
A million roadside kindnesses over the years,
Grazie. Grazie. Goodbye.

It is not so bad to be an Elephantino.
I just wanted to be a boy.


Previously published in Dirt Rag magazine.

Shared with me via @kevmosaic