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Pantani investigations continue

A new investigation into the death of Marco Pantani – winner of the 1998 Giro d'Italia and Tour de France – will be opened, while a decision on the provider of the cocaine that contributed to the death of the Italian cyclist on February 14, 2004, is expected today.

"It is huge thing for me," said the mother of the cyclist, who would have celebrated his 38th birthday yesterday, to Italy's Tg2 Sport upon hearing the news that the prosecutor of Forlì (Emilia-Romagna) would open a new investigation into the death of 'Il Pirata' based up on the supposed betting that occurred in the final stages of the 1999 Giro d'Italia.

Pantani was ejected from the 1999 Italian Grand Tour due to an elevated hematocrit the day after the stage to Madonna di Campiglio, June 4. It has been speculated that there could have been foul play to influence the overall race results. (Ivan Gotti went on to win one day later - ed.)

"A mom has the right to know what happened at Madonna di Campiglio and a Rimini." Pantani was found dead in his room of Rimini's Le Rose hotel.

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