Alessandro Petacchi bags the 3rd position

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The Petachhi fans have great news to rejoice with this year. Alessandro Petacchi, the seasoned Italian rider has achieved a respected 3rd position in the high profile Argentina race which started from 21st of January this time. The race would be continued up till 27th of January.

The leading Italian sprinter is a part of Lampre-Merida team. The 1st stage of Tour de San Luis (164 km, San Luis to Villa Mercedes) showcased a seven attackers breakaway which reached up to the high advantage of 9’. The 1st attackers in the competition were Juarez from Mexico, Lucero from San Luis Somos Todos, Palma from Jamis Sutter, Perez from Buenos Aires, Hacecky from Dukla, De Luna from Mexico and Nazareth from Funvic. However, Mark Cavendish, the ace Briton cyclist and the ex World Champion went on to win over the coveted first position at the first stage of Tour de San Luis in 2013.

Cavendish preceded the two leading Italian sprinters Modolo & Petacchi who went on to achieve the 2nd and 3rd position respectively in the first stage of the high profile cycling race hosted by San Luis, Argentina. Petachhi is getting older with the pass of this season reaching closer to 40 years but his remarkable achievement at the age of 39 seem to have delighted his fans all over. Albeit a win at the legendary Tour de San Luis could have been all the more special yet the Petacchi fans have expressed great pleasure with the 3rd position of the 39 year old sprinter.

Petacchi who was suffering a ban on national team since 2007 from the Italian Federation on his dope charges is also supposed to be back on the national team soon. The Italian Federation has reportedly decided to amend laws on doping bans on the leading cyclists that would allow riders with previous transgressions to participate in the national team selection.

Petacchi to Lead Team at Tour de France

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Six time stage winner at the Tour de France and Maillot Vert of 2010, Alessandro Petacchi has been named as the leader of his team Lampre – ISD at the Grand Tour this year and all the sprint ambitions of the team will lie solely on the shoulders of the 38 year old Italian, who has been in scintillating form over the last couple of months after a very slow start to the season. It was only in May that Petacchi finished second in two stages of the Tour of Norway (ahead of Andy Schleck and Thomas Voeckler) and followed it up with three stage victories at the Bayern – Rundfahrt.

Moreover, Petacchi will be more driven than ever to succeed at the Tour de France this year, after missing out on the Giro d’Italia, his home race. The Italian currently sits in the third position of stage winners in three week races, with 6 stage victories at the Tour de France, 20 in the Vuelta and 22 in the Giro d’Italia already under his belt. Although Alessandro Petacchi will be the first to admit that age has slowed him down somewhat, yet he is still capable of pulling together victories when he hits his peak form.

Moreover, the extremely fast lead outs that characterize the Tour de France also suit him as he can kick hard from a sprint train. And if he can hit the fine patch of form that he is in at the moment at the Grand Tour that starts on Saturday, the 30th of June in Belgium, fireworks can be expected from him.

Even his rivals look at Alessandro Petacchi with respect, knowing that he is the one man who can come between them and the Yellow Jersey of the overall winner, and would love to get him out of the way as early as possible.