Pantani remembered in CesenaticoClose
Fans gathered in Marco Pantani's home town of Cesenatico on Sunday to remember the great Italian ridPIC BY TDWSPORT.COM Hundreds of fans paid tribute to Marco Pantani in the rider's home town of Cesenatico on Sunday, before today's first anniversary of the Italian's tragically premature death. Fans wore yellow t-shirts and bandannas in tribute to the 1998 Giro d'Italia and Tour de France winner. A mass was said in Pantani's memory at the San Pietro Pescatore church in Cesenatico. After the service fans made a pilgrimage to the rider's grave, where banners paying tribute to Pantani were unfurled. Pantani was found dead in a Rimini hotel room a year ago today, a subsequent investigation establishing that he died because of a cocaine overdose. Five people are currently being investigated on suspicion of being involved in his death. The Tuttobici website reports that the Le Rose hotel where Pantani died is currently closed for extensive renovation works. These will include the removal of room 5D where Pantani spent his final days and was found dead. The hotel is also set for a change of name in order to discourage the macabre tourism trade that has built up around the site since Pantani's death.