July 22, 2005
Petacchi to Domina Vacanze, exit stage left for Fassa Bortolo
Italian supersprinter Alessandro Petacchi signed with Domina Vacanze for 2006 today.
Petacchi's current team, Fassa Bortolo, will dissolve at season's end. Petacchi teammate Juan Antonio Flecha signed with Rabobank earlier this week.
Petacchi committed for three years. Rumors had him insisting that several teammates come with him -- keep your eyes peeled for more announcements.
Update: BBC Sport reports:
Fabio Sacchi, Marco Velo and Alberto Ongarato are expected to move with him.
Velo, of course, has the greatest possible cycling name.
Petacchi's predecessor as king of the Italian sprinters was Mario Cipollini, who finished his career with Domina Vacanze.
Update: Marcello points out that Cipollini took some starts for Liquigas-Bianchi, including a final win over Petacchi this spring, but I have trouble giving them credit for being his last team when he quit at the end of April.
Actually, Super mario finished his career this year with Liquigas this spring.
Posted by: Marcello at Jul 22, 2005 3:12:15 PM
I wonder if Petacchi has a clause in his contract granting him a full share of the pay after he comes down with "Mountain Fever" in every Tour? Of course, if Domina Vacanze continues on their current course, there won't be much pay to split....
Posted by: Nancy Toby at Jul 22, 2005 5:04:19 PM