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February 24, 2004

Petacchi tames lion king in Lucca

Yahoo! Sport | Petacchi strikes first blow in Tour of Lucca

Alessandro Petacchi started his season much as he finished last year. Petacchi, the world’s best sprinter, beat Mario Cipollini at the line to take the first stage of the Tour of Lucca (Cipollini is actually ahead in the picture at left, taken after the riders crossed the line).

Petacchi had 24 victories last year, including 15 in the three major tours (of Spain, Italy and of France), and became the first man to win 3 stages in each of the tours.

Posted by Frank Steele on February 24, 2004 in Alessandro Petacchi, Mario Cipollini | Permalink


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