Marco Pantani

Rendell: “Whole revived Pantani story is based on rumours and innuendo”

- Fact 1: Pantani was a habitual drug user, chronically addicted to cocaine. - Fact 2: Pantani almost certainly doped for his entire professional career. - Fact 3: There appears to be a real push to retell the Pantani story and reshape, or repackage, these two previous facts. We’ve heard quite a few claims in […]


The Week in Bike #42 – Why Cook Leftovers?

As he noted on Tumblr earlier this week, Cosmo found Matthias Brändle’s Hour Record attempt a welcome distraction from stories that seem to sound…familiar around this time of year. It’s important to pick out on new distinctions in the headlines, be they different concepts in how to manage the sport, or new takes on dodging the doping rap. We […]


Report: Pantani 1999 Giro exclusion didn’t follow correct protocol; was mafia involved?

The current investigation into the death of Marco Pantani is taking place alongside another separate enquiry relating to his exclusion from the 1999 Giro d’Italia, specifically in relation to claims that the Italian’s expulsion could have been related to mafia-like activities. A previous claim has resurfaced again in this regard; in 2007 the Italian mobster […]


Rocacorba Daily

In this morning’s edition of the Rocacorba Daily news digest: Fabio Aru wins his second stage at this year’s Vuelta, Chris Froome moves into second overall; Matthias Brandle claims stage 5 victory at the Tour of Britain; Vadim Galeyev wins stage 3 of the Tour of China II, takes overall lead; Sven Nys, Meredith Miller […]


Death of Pantani: The reasons why he was not murdered

Over the past few days there have been reports in the media about Marco Pantani’s case being reopened ten years after his death because of suspicions of murder. The Italian journalist Andrea Rossini (Corriere di Rimini) is the writer of a book called L’Ultimo Kilometro, which is the most detailed account of Pantani’s final hours. […]


Rendell: Pantani murder would ‘contradict all the evidence I saw’

Responding to media reports in La Gazzetta dello Sport that the public prosecutor in Rimini has reopened the case into Marco Pantani’s death due to a suspicion of murder, broadcaster and author Matt Rendell has expressed surprise at the latest developments. Rendell’s The Death of Marco Pantani is what many consider to be the definitive […]


Report: Rimini public prosecutor believes Pantani may have been murdered

Over a decade after the 1998 Giro d’Italia and Tour de France champion Marco Pantani was found dead in a hotel room in Rimini, the public prosecutor from that town has reopened the case amid claims that the rider was murdered. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Pantani might not have taken an overdose of […]


Bikes of the Bunch: Bianchi Mega Pro XL Reparto Corse

The name “Marco Pantani” conjures up images of bold attacks, ascending like a bird in the drops and descending like a devil behind the saddle. And regardless of what you might say about his flaws — in cycling and in life — there’s little doubt “Il Pirata” rode with a level of panache rarely seen […]


News Shorts – Feb 15, 2012

Cycling was back on the streets this week with wins by a top sprinter, World Champion Mark Cavendish, and an emerging one, Elia Viviani. The previous week’s doping controversies have almost been forgotten. The Jan Ullrich chapter is closed, Contador is still training despite his suspension, Armstrong is celebrated with a cold brew, and cycling […]