March 10, 2004
Petacchi takes Tirreno-Adriatico Stage 1
Alessandro Petacchi continued his winning ways with a sprint win in Sabaudia, at the finish of the first stage of Tirreno-Adriatico. The win was the 60th of Petacchi's career and the 3rd of the season, joining two wins in February's Tour of Lucca.
In typical style, Petacchi got in a barb at Italy's previous sprint king, Mario Cipollini, while insisting that Cipollini was the farthest thing from his mind:
"You ask me if these wins can affect the morale of Cipollini, but I'd answer you that I'm thinking first of my morale and that of my team-mates. I don't worry about what others are doing," Petacchi told reporters after the race in the small seaside town, 75km south of Rome.
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