The Rimini Prosecutor’s Office opened a new investigation against “unknown persons” on the death of Italian cyclist Marco Pantani, at the request of the new lawyer for the Pirata’s family, Fiorenzo Alessi, Italian media reported this Monday.
The lawyer sent the Prosecutor’s Office a 51-page document with new statements that, according to him, could definitively clarify what happened on the night of February 14, 2004, when the runner was found dead at 34 in a room at the Le Rose hotel in Rimini.
The official reason for his death was “cocaine overdose”, but his family has always defended that Pantani was assassinated.
The Pantani legal focused his document on the words of Fabio Miradossa, who sold cocaine to the cyclist and who stated bluntly in 2019 that the “Pirate” was killed.
Suspicions about clandestine gambling and the interests of the gangster clans that involved the 1999 Giro d’Italia, in which Pantani was disqualified in the Madonna di Campiglio stage, by giving a blood hematocrit rate 2% higher than allowed.
It insists on the words of the criminal Renato Vallanzasca, who at that time shared a cell with an important gangster exponent and who encouraged him to bet all his savings against Pantani in the 1999 Giro because the Pirate “would not finish” the pink race.
The opening of this third investigation comes after, in September 2017, the Supreme Court of Italy declared “definitely inadmissible” the appeal of the lawyer Antonio De Rensis against the dismissal of the process for the alleged murder of the champion ruled by the Rimini judge in June 2016.
The investigation into the death of the Pirate It was started in 2014 at the request of his family when considering the hypothesis that the cyclist did not die from an overdose, but murdered.
According to these theses, the champion was beaten and forced to drink cocaine diluted in water and then the attackers simulated death by overdose in the room of the Le Rose hotel in Rimini.
In 2016, the Forlí Prosecutor’s Office investigated whether a mafia clan had a doctor alter the cyclist’s tests so that it gave 51.9 percent of hematocrit, which led to his notorious exclusion from the Giro in 1999, although he finally shelved this thesis.
Four people were sentenced for the death of the champion for having provided drugs to Pantani, charged with reckless manslaughter, but later one of them, Fabio Carlino, was acquitted.
The other defendants in the case, the traffickers Fabio Miradossi and Ciro Veneruso and the Peruvian Ramírez Cueva agreed on penalties that ranged from four years and ten months to a year and eleven months.