Doctors that tested Marco Pantani's Giro d'Italia blood to appear at hearing

Three doctors and a UCI official that dealt with Marco Pantani's blood samples during 1999 Giro d'Italia will give evidence at a hearing into race fixing

Marco Pantani in the 1999 Giro d'Italia

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

The UCI official and three doctors who examined Marco Pantani's anti-doping test at the 1999 Giro d'Italia should be heard in the coming week as part of a Mafia sports fixing case in Forlì, Italy.

A high haematocrit anti-doping test excluded the late Italian cyclist while in the race leader's pink jersey. The medics reject claims of foul play and told La Provinca newspaper in Como, "We did everything according to the rules."

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.