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Pantani's pride

Three years after breaking leg, Italian rider wins Tour de France

Marco Pantani of Italy became the first Italian to win the Tour de France since Felice Gimondi won it in 1965. However, the drug scandal and sit-down strikes that have dogged the tracks of this year's premier cycling event tarnished 'Il Pirata's' golden moment in the spotlight.
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  • Pantani: profile
  • Pantani: This was the cleanest tour in years
  • Scandal-rocked Tour ends with Pantani winner
  • Italian hero inspire new dishes and premier's culinary advice
  • Italy celebrates conquering hero
  • Tour de France ends with a whimper
  • Chronology of 1998 Tour de France drug scandal

  • Police find bottles, syringes near tour hotel
    French police revealed Wednesday that bottles and bloody syringes which had been found near a hotel in Voreppe were being analyzed.
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    Ullrich considered quitting the tour
    Jan Ullrich of Germany the 1997 Tour de France champion and who finished second in the overall standings of this year's race behind Marco Pantani of Italy said that had been so upset by the drug scandal he had considered quitting the race.
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    Tour organizers plan to draw up good conduct charter
    Following on the heels of the 1998 Tour de France which was rocked by drug scandals, tour director Jean-Marie Leblanc said in an interview published Tuesday that the tour organizers were planning a good conduct charter for the cycling classic.
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    TVM masseur jailed in tour drug scandal
    The Tour de France may be over, but the scandal which surrounded this year's race before it even started, continues to fester.
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    AUGUST 4
      4 Spanish teams withdraw from women's Tour de France
    ONCE pulls out of 3 major French cycling events
    Disqualified Festina cyclists return to competition

    AUGUST 3
      Germany welcomes home Ullrich
    ONCE: 'We have never had a positive blood or urine test'

    AUGUST 2
      Boardman: Glad to be out of the tour
    Julich takes 3rd place in second Tour de France
    Nine for nine again for U.S. Postal Service team

    AUGUST 1
      Pantani on verge of Tour de France title
    Ullrich admits preparation mistakes

    JULY 31
      Swede wins 19th stage after Tour loses another team
    Ullrich bitter about doping scandal, raids, riders' revolts

    JULY 30
      Belgian wins 18th stage; Pantani retains lead
    15 of original 21 teams remain in Tour de France
    5-time winner warns of imminent tour collapse
    Cycling doping procedures under review in Britain
    Press laments Tour de France as scandal widens
    French champion to sue Tour de France

    JULY 29
      Riders stop tour again ... and again
    Tour cyclists remove their jersey numbers in protest
    Former cyclist says he withdrew because drugs infest sport
    Despite drug tests, TVM team races Wednesday

    JULY 28
      Drugs found in TVM's hotel
    Festina's team director freed from jail
    TVM's Priem, Mikhailov formally placed under investigation

    JULY 27
      Pantani takes the lead; Ullrich fades; Julich holds on
    TVM officials to face judge in drug scandal investigations
    Banesto, ONCE directors back Saramanch stance on performance enhancers

    JULY 26
      O'Grady wins stage 14; Ullrich holds onto yellow jersey
    LeMond returns to the Tour de France
    'Pirate' Pantani can't wait for the Alps
    Drug scandal dogs Tour de France's wheels

    JULY 25
      Ullrich leads going into third week as Alps loom

    JULY 24
      Riders delay start for 2 hours in protest

    JULY 22
      America's Julich snapping at Ullrich's heels
    Julich is this year's tour suprise
    Tour de France scandal troubles few
    Police to question Festina team
    Olano abandons Tour de France
    Will drug scandal scare off sponsors?
    Mountain man Massi wins 10th stage
    Festina's team director says he had no knowledge drug use
    Police: Festina riders could face judge this week

    JULY 21
      AACPI wants to institute blood tests in place of urine tests
    Stage 11 separates professionals from amateurs
    Festina's doctor says team manager obtained drugs for riders

    JULY 20
      Desbiens retains overall lead; Cipollini withdraws from tour
    Mountains sort the men from the mice
    French sports minister wants calls for heavy penalties
    Tour continues under a cloud of drugs
    Heat wave hits tour

    JULY 19
      Durand wins 8th stage; Desbiens takes overall lead from Ullrich
    French health minister wants to debate the use of drugs
    Festina fans protest expulsion
    UCI doctors: All blood tests negative

    JULY 18
      Ullrich's time trial control
    Dutch TVM team says doping products were found in car
    Hinault: Tour can be won with 'mineral water'
    Roussel, Ryckaert taken to Lille for court appearance
    Australian PM congratulates O'Grady

    JULY 17
      Festina team expelled from tour in drug scandal
    Sprint king Cipollini takes 6th stage; O'Grady retains lead

    JULY 16
      Cipollini wins 5th stage to end tour misery
    UCI suspends Festina team chief
    French PM saddened by drug scandal surrounding tour

    JULY 15
      Blijlevens takes fourth stage

    JULY 14
      Heppner wins first stage back in France
    Boardman released from hospital

    JULY 13
      Svorada, Zabel ecstatic after Stage 2; Boardman's tour is over
    Boardman crashes out of Tour de France
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  • Spaniard's fall ends his Tour de France hopes
  • Massi strikes the jackpot
  • Julich develops into America's best hope
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