Marco Pantani's parents lose high court appeal on ruling over his death

The late climber's parents push against a ruling saying his death was suicide and not murder

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Marco Pantani's parents have lost an appeal to Italy's high court, where the prosecutor argued that the 1998 Giro d'Italia/Tour de France winner was a "drug-addicted depressed champion" and not "an innocent victim of violence."

Paolo and Tonina Pantani appealed a lower court's 2015 ruling to archive a case examining whether the late cyclist fell victim to homicide instead of overdosing on cocaine, as originally ruled in 2005.

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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.