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January 20, 2005

Petacchi to skip Tour, focus on Vuelta and World's

procycling.com | Alessandro Petacchi opts for Worlds over Tour de France

The world's fastest closer will skip the Tour de France this year.

Alessandro Petacchi, who won 4 stages of the 2003 Tour but faltered in 2004, will instead focus on winning the biggest one-day race in the world, the road World Championship, this year in Madrid. Petacchi will also race (but probably not finish) the Vuelta a España, which finishes one week before Worlds.

Petacchi, who set a record last year with 9 (!!!) stage wins at the Giro d'Italia, will also contest the Italian grand tour in May.

Posted by Frank Steele on January 20, 2005 in Alessandro Petacchi, Giro d’Italia, Top Stories, Tour news, Vuelta a España | Permalink

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