MILAN - The mother of former Tour de France champion Marco Pantani has called for an inquest into his death to be re-opened because she suspects he was the victim of foul play. Italian star Pantani, the winner of the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia in 1998, officially died of a cocaine overdose at ‘La Rose’ hotel complex in Rimini on February 14, 2004. But after recently studying court documents, his mother Tonina believes many questions still remain unanswered. She suggested the death of Pantani, suspected of using performance-enhancing drugs throughout his career and known later to have cocaine problems, may have been facilitated by figures keen to stop him exposing the extent of drugs use in the peloton. “I’ve asked for the re-opening of the investigation because I want explanations, I want answers,” she said.–AFP