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Cycling: Italians re-open Pantani case over murder suspicion

Published on Aug 2, 2014 10:01 PM
 
Marco Pantani on the podium of the 20th stage of the Tour de France in Le Creusot, central France on Aug 1, 1998. Public prosecutors in Italy have reopened the case into the death of former cycling champion Marco Pantani after new evidence emerged. -- PHOTO: AFP

ROME (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 investigation," said Paolo Giovagnoli, the public prosecutor in Rimini, where Pantani's body was found in a hotel room on Valentine's Day 2004.

"We will read them and if we decide to proceed with a new investigation we will appoint an examining magistrate to do so."

 
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