Simone Tribuiani

Tour de France, in the stage-tribute to Pantani


On the stretch of water in front of a public beach one can admire a floating bicycle made up of yellow buoys. On the playing field of the municipal field is a giant picture of Marco Pantani. Everything in Cesenatico today speaks of the Pirate (the last cyclist ever to win the two major stage races in the same summer) and in general of the Tour de France, which started here for the second stage of this 2024 edition and will remain on Italian soil until Tuesday afternoon (2 July 2024).

The two works were created by Simone Tribuiani, a native of the Romagna seaside resort just like Marco. A great sports enthusiast, Simone Tribuiani (aka ‘Tribu’) tried them all as a child, from football to baseball, but especially cycling in the G.S. Fausto Coppi, where Pantani, five years older than him, also raced. His art is inextricably linked to sport, as his graffiti on the Barbotto and Perticara climbs show. ‘Tribu’ draws everywhere, if the surface is not new but worn by everyday use or history, even better. Sportsmen have become his trademark. Cyclists such as Coppi, Bartali, Binda, Moser, Pantani of course, but also stills of NBA games and national football teams posing before the game, especially those of Spain ’82. The artist takes inspiration from the youthful imagery of his adolescence, it goes without saying that music as well as private TV are not forgotten. And then the cinema, dreaming of certain scenes from films that no one remembers anymore.

After the inauguration in the morning of the installation at the sports field, the artist opened the doors of his studio in Via Fiorentini, right in the centre of Cesenatico, to the journalists of ‘Il Fatto Quotidiano’: ‘I always try,’ Tribuiani told the newspaper, ‘to create a contact with childhood emotions, those linked to my territory. In my past, sport was a phenomenon of aggregation, in front of the television sets of the 1980s bars. Today I try to bring to the surface a detail or that instant that marked my existence. I still live in contact with the child I was’.
The artist speaks thus of his latest memory of Pantani. “I’m reminded of Marco at the football field in Ponente: no one there was a champion but with him you didn’t put your leg up too much for fear of hurting yourself. Pantani was a revolutionary both as a cyclist and as a character’.

– Alberto Facchinetti, 30 giugno 2024, Tour de France, nella tappa-tributo a Pantani vince Vauquelin e Pogacar è maglia gialla. Ma la notizia è un’altra: Vingegaard c’è e sta bene.,
Il Fatto Quotidiano (online),  , data di consultazione 1 luglio 2024.

– Mario Pugliese, 29 giugno 2024, Cosa vedremo in tv? Dalla bicicletta con le boe alla gigantografia di Pantani, Living Cesenatico (online), , data di consultazione 3 luglio 2024.