Marco Pantani was not murdered, says biographer

Marco Pantani's biographer Matt Rendell dismisses the idea that the former pro cyclist was murdered

Marco Pantani in the 1999 Giro d'Italia

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Marco Pantani was not murdered and the re-opened cases involving the late Italian cyclist are comical, according to biographer Matt Rendell.

"People are going to be left with farcical version of the death of JFK or a bald, big-eared Marilyn Monroe story because they won't bother to look at the facts, they'll assume that there's some truth to what's being talked about," the English journalist told Cycling Weekly. "There won't be another end because Pantani was clearly not murdered."

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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.