July 08, 2004
O'Grady on Petacchi: 'the one to beat'
Stage 5 winner Stuart O'Grady of Cofidis said Alessandro Petacchi, still winless in this Tour, is already among the best sprinters of all time. "And if he goes on like this, he could be the greatest of all time.
"He's raised the bar to a different level. He's even better than Mario Cipollini when he was at his peak.
"He's clearly beatable - we've seen that in this race already - but it can be hard to do. It's certainly an experience racing against him.
"And as for people saying he's out of form, that's nonsense. He'll be on the winner's podium before the end of this race."
Fassa Bortolo's Petacchi set a modern record with 9 stage wins in this year's Giro d'Italia, and won 4 stages of the 2003 Tour de France, before abandoning when the race reached the mountains.
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