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July 12, 2003

Petacchi hops the 'broom wagon'

Biggest news so far on Stage 7 is that Alessandro Petacchi of Fassa Bortolo, who won 4 stages of the 2003 Tour, dropped out on the first 2nd Category climb of the Tour.

Petacchi's abandon gives the green jersey to Austalia's Baden Cooke of FDJeux.com.

Also dropping out so far today were Jaan Kirsipuu of AG2R, Angel Vicioso of ONCE, Jesus Manzano of Kelme, and Olaf Pollack and Michael Rich of Garolsteiner.

Manzano was taken to the hospital for heat exhaustion.

Posted by Frank Steele on July 12, 2003 | Permalink