Italians Re-open Pantani Case Over Murder Suspicion

by Laure BRUMONT ROME, Aug 02, 2014 (AFP) - Public prosecutors in Italy have reopened the case into the death of former cycling champion Marco Pantani after new evidence emerged. The news led to several Italian media regurgitating the theory that 'Il Pirata' was murdered in 2004. "We have just received documents sent by those close to (Pantani) and we have opened an … [Read more...]

Cycling World Is In Shock At Death Of Popular Weylandt

RAPALLO, Italy, May 9, 2011 - The professional peloton reacted with shock and sympathy Wednesday as the tragic death of popular Belgian Wouter Weylandt following a fatal crash on the third stage of the Giro d'Italia began to hit home. Weylandt was pronounced dead less than an hour after suffering fatal head injuries after crashing 20 meters to the road below while descending the Bocco … [Read more...]

Mapei Founder Dead At 51

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PARIS - The founder of the Research Centre of Mapei Sport, Italian Aldo Sassi, died during the night Sunday into Monday of a brain tumor at the age 51, it was announced by the Italian media. Aldo Sassi, who was part of the team that supported Francesco Moser's record time in 1984, was the personal coach of several riders, including Australian Cadel Evans and Italy's Ivan Basso. Italy's … [Read more...]

Italian Ballerini Dies In Rally Accident

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ROME, Feb 7, 2010 (AFP) - Former Italian cyclist Franco Ballerini died on Sunday morning after an accident in a rally in Larciano, Tuscany, the Ansa news agency reported. Ballerini was acting as the co-driver for Alessandro Ciardi when the accident happened. Ciardi is in a coma, according to Ansa. The 45-year-old Ballerini was a former two-time Paris-Roubaix winner and also claimed the … [Read more...]

Franck Vandenbroucke Found Dead, Autopsy Planned

SALY, Senegal, Oct 13, 2009 (AFP) - An autopsy on Belgian cyclist Franck Vandenbroucke, found dead in his hotel room here on Monday, will take place on either Wednesday or Thursday, Senegalese police have announced. "The autopsy will take place tomorrow (Wednesday) or the day after (Thursday) in Dakar," a police source revealed on Tuesday, before adding that "we shouldn't lose ourselves in … [Read more...]