Pirate Walks Plank Monday
– Reported by Datasport.it –
Il Pirata has to respond to the possession of a syringe of insulin during the Giro d’Italia 2001
On Monday the Disciplinary Commission FederCliclismo will review the case of Marco Pantani. Il Pirata needs to respond to the possession of a syringe of insulin that had been found in a hotel room that he stayed in during the Giro d‚Italia 2001 after the stage to Montevarchi. The Roman risks a six month suspension, the same sanction given to Stefano Zanini of Mapei for the same infringement.
The accusers will be represented by the anti-doping prosecutor Giacomo Aiello who has indicated il Pirata and other cyclists (12 who have been sanctioned already, all for 4-6 months) in response to the case compiled by the prosecutors of Firenze, who had carried out the inquest on doping in the Giro 2001.
Initially Aiello had asked for a full year suspension for the cyclist from Mercatone Uno, then reduced by half to six months: the hearing was set for June 7, but the hearing was rescheduled as Pantani had changed lawyers right before the hearing and needed sufficient time to prepare his defense.
Along with that of Pantani, the Disciplinary Commission will examine the case against Fabio Sacchi, the Milanese of the Saeco-Longoni Sport team, in his house was found pharmacological products during a search carried out by the NAS (national police) in March, then the cases of Antonio Varriale and Antonio Romano, both now under house arrest for possession and distribution of doping products, and finally the case against Alberto Elli.