Five police officers who investigated Marco Pantani’s death in 2004 have commenced legal proceedings for defamation, with their lawyers claiming that they have suffered a “lynching” at the hands of the media.
The news coincides with an expert witness at the recently reopened investigation into the cyclist’s death at the age of 34 concluding that injuries sustained by Pantani shortly beforehand were consistent with a fall – effectively ruling out the hypothesis that he was murdered, as his family claims.
The UCI has this evening taken the unusual step of reiterating why it, together with former president Hein Verbruggen and the current holder of that post, Pat McQuaid, is suing former Sunday Times journalist and ex-professional cyclist Paul Kimmage for defamation.
Former pro cyclist turned author and journalist Paul Kimmage is reportedly being sued in a Swiss court by fellow Irishman and UCI president Pat McQuaid, the latter’s predecessor in that position, Hein Verbruggen, and the governing body itself. Each is claiming damages of 8,000 Swiss Frances (£5,540).