New Claims Of “Mafia” Role In Marco Pantani Giro Exclusion

Milan, March 14, 2016 - Doubts over the expulsion of champion cyclist Marco Pantani from the 1999 Giro d'Italia resurfaced Monday after new claims of Mafia involvement in his downfall. Pantani died on February 14, 2004 from an overdose of cocaine and prescription drugs. He was found in suspicious circumstances in a Rimini hotel room. His family has argued that a third party may have … [Read more...]

The Double, Not The Tour, Motivator For Contador

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By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Utrecht, Netherlands, July 2, 2015 (AFP) - Alberto Contador said it is the prospect of completing a Giro d'Italia-Tour de France double which is motivating him rather than simply winning a third Grand Boucle. The 32-year-old Spaniard won Italy's premier road race back in May and will begin his quest for the double when the Tour begins on Saturday with a … [Read more...]

Contador Aiming For Slow-Burning Giro d’Italia Challenge

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By Jean MONTOIS San Lorenzo al Mare, Italy, May 8, 2015 (AFP) - Alberto Contador will begin his bid for a Giro d'Italia-Tour de France double on Saturday aiming to keep out of the limelight for as long as possible in Italy. The 32-year-old Spaniard, who won the Vuelta a Espana for the third time last year, is bidding to become the first person since disgraced Italian … [Read more...]

Ten Years Later, Festina Doping Affair Still Not Forgotten

by Justin Davis BREST, France, July 3, 2008 (AFP) - The Tour de France kicks off here Saturday for what organisers pray will be a scandal-free three weeks of racing. But it will not go unnoticed that this year's July 5-27 race comes 10 years after the Festina doping scandal which almost brought the Tour to its knees - and changed the world's perception of the problem of doping in … [Read more...]