March 09, 2005
Petacchi takes Stage 1 at Tirreno-Adriatico
After coming third in the Tour of Lucca last week, Alessandro Petacchi showed he's in remarkable early-season shape, beating Bernard Eisel of Francaise des Jeux and Robbie McEwen of Davitamon-Lotto for the stage win and first leader's jersey of Tirreno-Adriatico.
Mario Cipollini, who beat Petacchi at Lucca, was dropped on the last climb and reportedly "complained of breathing problems at the finish."
Also in the day's top 10 were Oscar Freire, Thor Hushovd, and Paride Grillo.
Tomorrow's stage has an uphill finish into Tivoli.
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