Not sure if I'm the only cycling fanatic, but I came across this this morning:



http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/wire?...ing&id=1763246

RIMINI, Italy, March 19 - Italian cycling great Marco Pantani died after using cocaine, judicial sources, quoting a coroner's report, said on Friday.The doctor who carried out the autopsy reached that conclusion and deposited his draft findings with judicial authorities, the sources said.

He added that the death was not a suicide.

The complete report was due to be published in two weeks.

Pantani, who won the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France in 1998, was found dead in a hotel room in the central Italian city of Rimini on February 14. He was 34.

Doctors said at the time that Pantani died after an accumulation of fluids in his brain and lungs.

Pantani was one of Italy's most popular sportsmen until the 1999 Giro when he was thrown out of the race for failing a test for haematocrit -- an indicator, though not proof, of the use of performance-enhancing drugs.
Pantani was fun to watch while waiting for Lance to recover. He's had a bumpy road the last few years. Will miss him.