"Many riders and team managers expressed their sadness. 29-year old Pantani is considered one of the all-time best climbers. His domination in this year’s Giro has already raised questions. People think of the past events when great dominators were rubbed out for drugs. Like in 1978 during the Tour de France, Belgian Michel Pollentier was accused of cheating after storming up Alpe d’Huez. And the Belgian Eddy Merckx tested “positive” in Savone during the 1969 Giro after he had dominated the previous stages."