A quick and touching read on the beginning of Pantani's professional downward spiral.
Pantani had decisively won the last two mountain stages, defeating his closest competitor, Simoni, by over a minute each time. UCI tests showed a suspiciously high hemocrit level (in excess of 50%) and was indicative of EPO usage. Ugh. Pantani was ejected and his whole team followed suit. A horrible moment for everyone, from the fans to the Pros to the UCI...
The 1999 Giro - a Pantani retrospective
CyclingNews' original 1999 report