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.