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March 14, 2006
Dekker takes Tirreno-Adriatico overall
SI.com | Holland's Dekker wins Tirreno-Adriatico cycling race
Petacchi coming to speed
AP Photo/Sandro Perozzi
Alessandro Petacchi avenged his two recent sprint losses in Tirreno-Adriatico, perfectly timing his finishing kick to nip Robbie McEwen, Paride Grillo, and Thor Hushovd for the Stage 7 win. It was his 3rd stage win of Tirreno-Adriatico.
Thomas Dekker takes the overall, for the biggest victory of his career. Not Thomas Dekker the Jacobean dramatist, nor the 18-year-old TV actor (“7th Heaven”), but the 21-year-old Dutch Rabobank who was 2nd in last year's Criterium International.
Petacchi said this one was especially sweet:
"I wanted this win," Petacchi said after his 166-km stage victory on Tuesday. "I'm feeling good and this win came just at the right time for both me and the team."
"The other day (Saturday) when I lost to (Norway's Thor) Hushovd I was very angry. Today I was more determined, everything went perfectly and my team mates did a great job."
Dekker trails Floyd Landis by only one point in the new ProTour standings, but Landis isn't riding the spring classics, and plans to throttle back soon to build for another peak in July.
Eurosport | Dekker wins race, Petacchi stage
VeloNews.com | Dekker wraps up title at Tirreno-Adriatico
cycloblog.com | Petacchi scores in T-A, Dekker takes overall glory
cyclingnews.com | Tirreno-Adriatico Stage 7 (also: picture of Discovery's Viatcheslav Ekimov back in the peloton)
Posted by Frank Steele on March 14, 2006 in Alessandro Petacchi, Thomas Dekker, Thor Hushovd, Tirreno-Adriatico '06, Top Stories | Permalink
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