Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

June 29, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Yin and Yang: BMC teammates Phinney, Bookwalter form two-man U.S. Olympic road team; Who Will Win The Mountains Jersey?; Inside Australia’s Olympic track cycling medal factory; Rio velodrome opens for business; Cofidis backs Bouhanni for Le Tour; Astana brings Aru and Nibali to Tour; Quintana leads Movistar line-up for Tour de France; Pantani murder case closed; Cyclist killed by alleged DUI hit-and-run; Olds, Bertine recovering from head injuries; New Orica-GreenEdge sponsor announcement expected soon; Sonar helps police catch drivers passing too close to cyclists; Cyclocosm’s 2016 Tour de France Preview; Behind the scenes with Bob Jungels

Pantani murder case closed

by CyclingTips

The court case investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Marco Pantani is now closed. Investigating Judge Vinicio Cantarini ordered the case closed for a lack of proof.

Pantani2Pantani died on February 14, 2004, at the age of 34 of a cocaine overdose. The case was reopened in July 2014 by Pantani’s parents, claiming that men forced their way into Pantani’s hotel room, beat him and forced him to drink water diluted with lethal amounts of cocaine.

The original 2005 court case tried three men for supplying the cocaine that killed Pantani and found all three guilty.

Pantani was at the centre of a doping suspicion at the 1999 Giro d’Italia with an elevated hematocrit level which resulted in his dismissal from the race two days before the finish and while wearing the leader’s jersey.

Pantani’s parents are also pushing an investigation whether the mafia played a role in this incident. A ruling whether that investigation can continue is expected in July.

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