Italian investigators have arrested two brothers in connection with the theft last November of a yellow jersey worn in the Tour de France by the ill-starred rider Marco Pantani on his way to winning the 1998 edition of the race.
As reported on road.cc at the time, the jersey was stolen from a stand at the EICMA motorcycle and cycling show in Milan from a temporary exhibition of bicycles and other memorabilia from the Madonna del Ghisallo chapel and cycling museum near Lake Como, which had been given the jersey by Pantani’s family in 2006.
The authorities now appear to be treating the theft as an inside job and believe that the jersey was stolen by the two men tasked with staffing the stand, whose names were given only as Marco and Oscar B, respectively aged 32 and 40.
The pair, who according to today’s print edition of the Gazzetta dello Sport act as “voluntary guides” at the Madonna del Ghisallo chapel and museum, reported the theft, but police inspector Carmine Gallo has reportedly rejected their explanation of events and believes that the jersey, which has not yet been recovered, was the subject of a “theft to order.”
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.