Italian investigators have arrested two brothers in connection with the theft last November of a yellow jersey worn in the Tour de France by the ill-starred rider Marco Pantani on his way to winning the 1998 edition of the race.
As reported on road.cc at the time, the jersey was stolen from a stand at the EICMA motorcycle and cycling show in Milan from a temporary exhibition of bicycles and other memorabilia from the Madonna del Ghisallo chapel and cycling museum near Lake Como, which had been given the jersey by Pantani’s family in 2006.
The authorities now appear to be treating the theft as an inside job and believe that the jersey was stolen by the two men tasked with staffing the stand, whose names were given only as Marco and Oscar B, respectively aged 32 and 40.
The pair, who according to today’s print edition of the Gazzetta dello Sport act as “voluntary guides” at the Madonna del Ghisallo chapel and museum, reported the theft, but police inspector Carmine Gallo has reportedly rejected their explanation of events and believes that the jersey, which has not yet been recovered, was the subject of a “theft to order.”
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.