The racing itself is cut together with flare and energy, providing riveting excitement even when outcomes are already well-known. Allegations of drug use were recurring and became a major problem from 1999 onwards; the catalyst for a spiral into a mortal depression. This is not something that Erskine seeks to delve too deeply into, though he gives throat both to the accusations and the opposing conspiracy theories. Instead, the doc does an admirable job of presenting the media storm, the terrible shame felt by Pantani, and the sadness of such a precocious talent being shrouded in ignominy. Concentrating on the personal does mean, of course, that is not the film for those seeking an exhaustive exploration of the sport's inherent corruptions. As such, it might not quite warrant the Yellow Jersey, but Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist proves a fitting tribute to a worthy 'King of the Mountains'.