Cesena Fans Offer Posthumous Birthday Tribute To Marco Pantani

Milan, Jan 18, 2015 (AFP) - Cesena fans put aside their Seria A club's struggles to pay tribute to Marco Pantani on Sunday with banners wishing the Italian cycling great a posthumous happy birthday. Former Tour de France and Giro d'Italia champion Pantani, known as 'Il Pirata' (The Pirate) before his death from acute cocaine poisoning in a hotel room in Rimini in February 2004, would … [Read more...]

Author Andrea Rossini Claims To Debunk Marco Pantani Murder Theory

by Justin DAVIS MILANO, Italy, Dec 02, 2014 (AFP) - Claims by a lawyer representing the family of deceased Marco Pantani that video evidence of the crime scene investigation has left more questions than answers have been rejected by the author of a new book into the Italian cycling hero. "I have investigated this case since Pantani died 10 years ago, and although some questions … [Read more...]

Marco Pantani Was ‘Scared’ To Win 1999 Giro, Mother Claims

by Justin DAVIS MILAN, Oct 18, 2014 (AFP) - The mother of deceased Marco Pantani claims her son was 'scared' of winning the Giro d'Italia in 1999 as speculation mounts the former cycling icon may have fallen victim to malevolent forces outside the sport. "I found pieces of paper among his belongings on which he had written, 'I'm scared of winning'," Tonina Pantani said in … [Read more...]

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...]

Marco Pantani’s Mother Suspects Foul Play Over Death

MILAN, Sept 17, 2013 (AFP) - The mother of former Tour de France champion Marco Pantani has called for an inquest into his death to be re-opened because she suspects he was the victim of foul play. Italian star Pantani, the winner of the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia in 1998, officially died of a cocaine overdose at 'La Rose' hotel complex in Rimini on February 14, 2004. But … [Read more...]

Pantani, Ullrich Unveiled As EPO Cheats By French Drugs Commission

by Frédéric BOURIGAULT PARIS, France, July 24, 2013 (AFP) - Italian Marco Pantani and Germany's Jan Ullrich both used the banned blood-booster erythropoetin (EPO) during the 1998 Tour de France, a damning French parliamentary commission report said Wednesday. Pantani, who died of a cocaine overdose in 2004, won the controversial 1998 race, with Ullrich taking second place. … [Read more...]

Pantani, Ullrich, And Julich Used EPO at 1998 Tour de France

PARIS, July 23, 2013 (AFP) - Italian Marco Pantani, Germany's Jan Ullrich and American Bobby Julich who were the top three during the 1998 Tour de France were all taking the banned blood booster erythropoetin (EPO), according to reports published by French daily Le Monde on Tuesday. The revelations come just ahead of a French parliamentary commission who are set to release a report on … [Read more...]

Contador Chasing Rare Giro – Tour Double

LES HERBIERS, France, July 1, 2011 (AFP) - Reigning Tour de France champion Alberto Contador is aiming to complete a rare double when he saddles up for the epic three-week race on Saturday. Only seven riders in history have won the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France in the same year with Italian climbing specialist Marco Pantani the last to do so, in 1998. Some riders have won the two … [Read more...]

Contador Tipped For Rare Giro – Tour Double

by Justin Davis (AFP) LES HERBIERS, France, July 1, 2011 - Spain's Alberto Contador is being tipped to make light of the energy spent winning a grueling Giro d'Italia in May to secure one of the most prestigious doubles in cycling history. Although the Tour de France is considered the world's premier cycling event, the Giro d'Italia can at times be more difficult. Winning one after … [Read more...]

Mother Distressed At Theft Of Pantani Yellow Jersey

ROME, Nov 13, 2010 - One of several yellow jerseys worn by former Tour de France champion Marco Pantani has been stolen from a cycling salon in Milan, according to press reports Saturday. Troubled champion Pantani, the 1998 winner of the epic race who courted doping controversy on several occasions during his career, died from a drugs overdose in a Rimini hotel in 2004. Vittorio … [Read more...]