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Police interview Pantani

Former Tour de France winner Marco Pantani was on Thursday interviewed by officers from Florence's anti-doping unit that carried out a blitz on team hotels at San Remo during last year's Tour of Italy. Pantani, who won both the Tour and the Giro in 1998, was giving evidence as part of an inquiry into doping during last year’s Tour of Italy. In May of last year police officers discovered, among a host of other substances collected, traces of insulin in a syringe at the hotel where Pantani and his team were staying. However the Mercatone Uno team leader on Thursday played down the

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'This syringe isn't mine,' says former Tour winner

By VeloNews Interactive wire services , Copyright AFP2002

Former Tour de France winner Marco Pantani was on Thursday interviewed by officers from Florence’s anti-doping unit that carried out a blitz on team hotels at San Remo during last year’s Tour of Italy. Pantani, who won both the Tour and the Giro in 1998, was giving evidence as part of an inquiry into doping during last year’s Tour of Italy. In May of last year police officers discovered, among a host of other substances collected, traces of insulin in a syringe at the hotel where Pantani and his team were staying. However the Mercatone Uno team leader on Thursday played down the possibility the discovery was linked to him. “This syringe isn’t mine and I don’t understand how someone can say the bedroom where the syringe was found was my room,” said Pantani. “For a long time now, and for reasons of privacy my team never discloses the names or room numbers of the riders, so I have nothing to worry about.”

Copyright AFP2002