By Marzia De Giuli
ROME , Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- Marco Pantani, the last cyclist to win the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France in the same year of 1998, may have been murdered, according to evidence presented by his family which led prosecutors to reopen the case after he died 10 years ago due to a massive ingestion of cocaine.
The local press said at the weekend that a court in the beachside resort city of Rimini was investigating Pantani's death after his family argued that he was forced to drink a potion containing a huge volume of the drug.
Judicial sources quoted by ANSA news agency on Monday said the examining parties will get down to the inquiry starting from September.
"It will certainly be a complex and long-lasting investigation, made of various phases," the family's lawyer Antonio De Rensis said.
"MY SON WAS KILLED"