Alessandro Petacchi

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Petacchi grabs Giro lead after stage double - CNN International
(CNN) -- Alessandro Petacchi achieved back-to-back Giro d'Italia stage wins on Monday to claim the race leader's pink jersey after Mark Cavendish found his late charge checked by a big crash 10 kilometers from the line. Italian sprinter Petacchi...
Petacchi in pink after Tour of Italy stage win - AFP
ROME (AFP) — Italian Alessandro Petacchi of the LPR team won his second stage in a row to take the lead in the Tour of Italy on Monday after a 198km third stage slog from Grado to Valdobbiadene. Petacchi made the most of a crash near the front of the...
Mark Cavendish takes Giro stage amid protest controversy -
There were no mistakes this time from the 23-year-old from the Isle of Man, who lost last Sunday's stage after a similarly perfect lead-out, when he allowed Alessandro Petacchi to slip away within sight of the line. This time the quality of Cavendish's...
The Buzz | Rookie leads Indy 500 qualifying - Kansas City Star
Alessandro Petacchi edged Mark Cavendish to win the second stage in a mass sprint. Cavendish retained the overall leader's pink jersey. Armstrong finished in the main pack with the same time as Petacchi, while overall race favorite Ivan Basso and...
Athletic Shorts - Hartford Courant
Alessandro Petacchi edged Mark Cavendish to win the second stage in a mass sprint finish in Trieste. Armstrong finished in the main pack with the same time as Petacchi, while overall race favorite Ivan Basso and Armstrong's Astana teammate,...
GIRO D'ITALIA - Houston Chronicle
Stage 4, from Padua to San Martino di Castrozza (102.5 miles): After Alessandro Petacchi's back-to-back stage wins, another Italian riding for the LPR team got to celebrate. Di Luca, the Giro's 2007 champion, prevailed in a group finish as Lovkvist of...
Mixed day for Garmin: CVV crashes out, Farrar takes second. - VeloNews
Tyler Farrar bolted to second place in the stage, climbed into second place overall at eight seconds back of race leader Alessandro Petacchi (LPR) as well as second in the points jersey and earned some prime podium time with the best young rider's...
Cycling team fines Boonen after positive cocaine test - Houston Chronicle
Alessandro Petacchi, Italy (Lampre). 2. Tyler Farrar, US (Garmin-Chipotle) at 0:08. tie, Michael Rogers, Australia (Columbia-Highroad) and Thomas Lovkist, Sweden (Columbia Highroad). • Stage 3, from Grado to Caldobbiadene (124.3 miles): Brit Mark...
Injured Williams pulls out of tourney - Richmond Times Dispatch
VALDOBBIADENE, Italy - Alessandro Petacchi of Italy won his second straight stage in the Giro d'Italia and took the overall lead from Mark Cavendish of Britain. Lance Armstrong, competing in his first Giro, finished in the main pack in 50th place,...

Alessandro Petacchi

Alessandro Petacchi winning the 2005 Milan-Sanremo.

1 Team names given are those prevailing at time of rider beginning association with that team.

Alessandro Petacchi (born on 3 January 1974 in La Spezia, Liguria) is an Italian professional road cyclist. He joined LPR Brakes in August 2008 after being suspended for a doping offence.

He turned professional in 1996, and last rode for Team Milram, along with another of the world's best cycling sprinters, Erik Zabel, following the disbanding of his former Fassa Bortolo team.

Petacchi's speciality is sprinting and his nickname is "Ale-Jet". His explosive speed has seen him take several stage victories in all three of the Grand Tours. In 2004 he won a record nine stages at the Giro d'Italia, which resulted in him winning the maglia ciclamino for topping the points classification. He managed his first victory in a major Classic race in 2005, triumphing at the Milan-Sanremo.

He withdrew from the 2006 Giro d'Italia after crashing during the third stage. It was subsequently discovered that he had finished the stage with a fractured kneecap.. In 2007, he returned and won five stages in the 2007 Giro d'Italia, bringing his tally of ProTour victories up to 21 and making him the cyclist with most UCI ProTour victories.

After a non-negative result for the Asthma drug Salbutamol (which Petacchi has clearance to use), Petacchi was placed on non-active status and missed the 2007 Tour de France. Petacchi was then absolved by the Italian Cycling Federation when they deemed any overuse of Salbutamol as simple human error.

On 6 May 2008, the Court of Arbitration for Sport banned Petacchi until the end of August, applied retroactively from last November. CAS also announced that all competitive results obtained during the 2007 Giro d'Italia shall be disqualified with all of the resulting consequences including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes. Results obtained after 31 October 2007 and during the period of ineligibility will be disqualified.

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Cycling sprinter

A cycling sprinter is a road bicycle racer or track racer who can finish a race very explosively by accelerating quickly to a high speed, often using the slipstream of another cyclist or group of cyclists tactically to conserve energy.

Sprinters have a higher ratio of fast-twitch muscle fibers than non-sprinters. Road cycling sprinters sometimes tend to have a larger build than the average road racing cyclist, combining the strength of their legs with their upper body to produce a short burst of speed necessary in a closely-contested finish. Some sprinters have a high top speed but may take a longer distance to achieve it, while others can produce short and sharp accelerations.

A sprinter is usually heavier, limiting their speed advantage to relatively flat sections. It is therefore not uncommon for sprinters to be dropped by the peloton (also known as the 'bunch' or 'pack') if a race is through hilly terrain.

Sprinters may have different preferences. Some prefer a longer "launch" while others prefer to 'draft' or slipstream behind their team-mates or opponents before accelerating in the final meters. Some prefer slight uphill finishes, others prefer downhill finishes.

In conventional road races, sprinters may bide their time waiting until the last few hundred metres before putting on a burst of speed to win the race. Many races will finish with a large group sprinting for the win; some sprinters may have team-mates, so-called domestiques 'leading them out' (i.e., keeping pace high and sheltering the sprinter) so that they have a greater chance of finishing in the leading positions.

In the 1990s Mario Cipollini had his lead-out train team (Saeco) to support his sprinting abilities. Such teams keep the pace in the final kilometres as high as possible to make late attacks very difficult, thus ensuring that the sprinters have the best chance of victory. They also aim to keep their sprinter (e.g., Cipollini) well-positioned against other sprinters. These team-mates tend to "peel off" one by one as they tire; the last team-mate is known as the "lead-out rider" and the best of them are excellent sprinters in their own right. Today (2009), several teams have lead-out trains for their designated sprinters; recently, one of the best lead-out trains was provided by the Milram team serving their sprinters Alessandro Petacchi or Erik Zabel. Today, Quick Step often use this tactic for Tom Boonen, with other fast men like Wouter Weylandt and Steven de Jongh usually leaving the train last. However, a number of sprint specialists famously do not need a train, instead relying on the explosive acceleration they create by themselves, most notably Mark Cavendish.

Sprinters can also compete for intermediate sprints (sometimes called 'primes'), often to provide additional excitement in cities along the route of a race. In stage races, intermediate sprints and final stage placings may be combined in a points competition; for example, in the Tour de France, the maillot vert (green jersey) is won by the race's most consistent sprinter. At the Tour de France, the most successful competitor for this honor is German sprinter Erik Zabel, who won a record six Tour de France green jerseys (1996-2001).

Several of the Classic one day races, for example Milan-Sanremo or Paris-Tours tend to favour sprinters because of their long distance and relatively flat terrain. Most editions of these races end in a bunch sprint, often won by racers also successful in the points classification at stage races. For example, Zabel has won Milan-Sanremo four times and Paris-Tours three times.

In addition, some allround cyclists were often very succesfull due to their powerful sprint, sometimes even in bunch sprints against specialists. Such riders include Eddy Merckx, Seán Kelly, Laurent Jalabert, Paolo Bettini and Alejandro Valverde, to name a few.

Sprinting on a cycle track or velodrome ranges from the highly specialised sprint event (where two - sometimes three or more - riders slowly circle the track looking to gain a tactical advantage before launching a finishing burst over the final 200 metres, which is timed), to massed-start events decided by the first across the line after a certain number of laps (similar to road racing). The sprint specialist may also ride short track time trials over 1000 metres, the Olympic sprint and Keirin events.

In Madison racing, a team may comprise a specialist sprinter, for when sudden bursts of speed are required, and another rider able to ride at a more consistent high tempo.

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Gran Premio della Costa Etruschi

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The Gran Premio della Costa Etruschi is a one day professional cycling race between the towns of San Vincenzo and Donoratico on the Tuscany coast in Italy. The 193 kilometre long race takes place at the beginning of February and has now taken over from the Trofeo Laigueglia as the opening event of the Italian professional cycling season. It is ranked 1.1 on the UCI Europe Tour. The race has been dominated by Italians since its inception in 1996, with riders from that nation winning on nine occasions, with an all Italian 1-2-3 happening seven times out of the 12 editions of the race.

The Gran Premio della Costa Etruschi is a relatively new race by European cycling standards, coming into being in 1996. For the first six years of its existence it only carried the grading of a national event and was not included on the UCI calendar nor did it carry any ranking points. It was not until 2002 that it was included on the UCI calendar with a ranking of 1.3. Despite its lack of official status in its early days the race always drew a top class field composed of mostly Italian teams and continues to do so . The race came of age in 1998 when 25,000 people saw Tuscan sprinting ace Mario Cipollini win the race, the first of his two victories (he won also in 2000). Ukrainian rider Yuriy Metlushenko has also taken two victories in the event (in 2002 and 2004), however the record for the most victories in the race stands with Alessandro Petacchi who posted five consecutive victories from 2005 to 2009. His third victory in 2007 was his first pro victory for nine months after breaking his kneecap in the Giro d’Italia in May 2006.

The race was originally over a distance of 153 kilometres but this has increased over the years to its present 193. The course is relatively level and definitely favours the sprinters. The first 30 kilometres are perfectly flat as the race leaves San Vincenzo and goes north along the coast to the town of Cecina. Here it swings inland and takes in two ascents of the modest 275 metre climb of the Guardistallo (the highest point of the course) after 39 and 79 kilometres. The second part of the race consists of two laps of a 24.3 kilometre circuit followed by five laps of a 10.15 circuit. Both these circuits are comparatively flat and are based around the finishing town of Donoratico where the race finishes on the Via Aurelia.

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Filippo Pozzato

Pozzato at the 2007 Tour de France

1 Team names given are those prevailing at time of rider beginning association with that team.

Filippo Pozzato (born September 10, 1981 in Sandrigo, Veneto) is an Italian road racing cyclist with UCI ProTour Team Katusha.

He turned professional in 2000 with the Mapei cycling team, part of the famous classe di '81 a group of emerging young riders born in 1981 who were part of the Mapei TT3 development team. Other alumni include Fabian Cancellara and Bernhard Eisel, and Eastern Europeans Kolobnev and Gryschenko.

After Mapei ended its sponsorship in 2002 Pozzato joined Giancarlo Ferretti's Fassa Bortolo cycling team. Despite his win of Tirreno-Adriatico in 2003 and a stage win in the 2004 Tour de France, personality clashes with Ferretti meant that Pozzato suffered poor years with Fassa Bortolo in 2002-2004. During this period he was injured for some time and had to work for star sprinter Alessandro Petacchi at other times.

During the 2004 season he was chosen to be part of the winning Italian 2004 Olympics team in support of team leader Paolo Bettini. He re-established contact with several managers and directeurs sportif of Quick Step-Innergetic. The Quick Step-Innergetic team expressed interest and Pozzato was able to obtain a release for the 2005 ProTour season, joining several former Mapei riders already on the team, such as Paolo Bettini and Davide Bramati.

The 2005 ProTour season went better for Pozzato, with a win in the HEW Cyclassics in front of teammate Luca Paolini.

The 2006 season saw him win the first major classic of the year Milan-Sanremo after a superb ride which saw him first work for team leader Tom Boonen, but then was forced to launch his own winning attack in the finale.

For the 2007 season, Pippo joined the Liquigas squad, and began his season in style, winning the Tour du Haut Var the Omloop Het Volk and Stage 5 of the Tour de France.

Pozzato has emerged as a threat in the northern cycling classics, finishing 13th (2006), 14th (2007), and 6th (2008) at the Tour of Flanders. His best finish at the Paris-Roubaix was 15th (2006). At the Gent-Wevelgem Pozzato finished 13th (2008) and 4th (2006). In the Het Volk he finished 6th (2003) and 1st (2007). In 2009 he won the E3 Prijs Vlaanderen. His results show experience, comfort, and power on the cobblestones and on the Belgian hellingen.

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Team Milram

Team car Team Milram Deutschlandtour 2006

Team Milram (UCI team code:MRM) is a German (formerly Italian) pro cycling team, participating at the UCI ProTour.

The pro cycling team was founded in the beginning of 2006, taking over the UCI-ProTour-license of Team Domina Vacanze. The main sponsor is the Milram brand of the Bremen based Nordmilch company. Some smaller sponsors include Motorex, an oil company based out of Switzerland. Sprinters Alessandro Petacchi and Erik Zabel initially were the top riders and captains. The squad is completed by 25 mainly German and Italian riders.

Among Team Milram’s most important successes in 2006 and 2007 Christian Knees’s win at the German classic race „Rund um Köln“, Alessandro Petacchi winning the Niedersachsen-Rundfahrt in2006 and 2007, Erik Zabel’s title as vice World Champion 2006, his win of the best sprinter’s jersey at the Deutschland-Tour 2006 and 2007 his three stage wins at the Vuelta a España. Further important ranks are Alessandro Petacchi’s five stage wins at the Giro d’Italia 2007, his win at the classic race Paris-Tours and Niki Terpstra's win of the best climber’s jersay at the Deutschland-Tour 2007.

Since 2008, Team Milram is a German team. New General Manager is Gerry van Gerwen. His operating company VeloCity GmbH, which was founded in 2007, took over the previous Italian operating company Ciclosport with all components including the ProTour license for the beginning of the 2008 season. The new team basis is Dortmund’s Club Olympia. With a new organisation structure, a much younger squad, clear objectives and an enhanced anti-doping-programme the team has changed extensively.

The special focus in 2008 is on the promotion of young talents. With Martin and Peter Velits, Dominik Roels, Christian Kux, Artur Gajek, Markus Eichler and Luca Barla, seven promising young riders have joined the team. For their support, Jochen Hahn comes as a trainer and sport director. He already has long-term experience in the work with young riders. A new scouting system is to continue bringing young talents into the team. With an extended co-operation with the Continental Team Milram, more riders are to follow the way of Christian Kux, who was the first rider who made it from the Continental Team Milram to the ProTour team.

Furthermore, the already existing anti-doping-programme was enhanced. Now it is based on five pillars: official rules, additional voluntary agreements, increased prevention, increased transparency and clear consequences.

In 2008, Team Milram will concentrate on the Tour de France, German races and all ProTour races. The goal is to be established as a German team. The combination of experienced riders like Erik Zabel on the one hand and young talents on the other hand is the basis for the coming season.

At 23 May 2007, during the 2007 Giro d'Italia, Alessandro Petacchi was found guilty of using salbutamol after a doping control. Petacchi had a certificate to use salbutamol in the treatment of asthma, but his level of salbutamol was extremely high. Petacchi was placed on non-active status and missed the 2007 Tour de France. In July 2007, Italian Cycling Federation (FCI) ruled that Petacchi gave good reasons for this high level. Petacchi was then absolved by the FCI when they deemed any overuse of Salbutamol as simple human error. The Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) argued that Petacchi should be suspended for the high level of salbutamol, and send the case to the International Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, the sporting world's highest court.

On May 6, 2008, the Court of Arbitration for Sport banned Petacchi until the end of August, applied retroactively from last November. CAS also announced that all competitive results obtained during the 2007 Giro d'Italia shall be disqualified with all of the resulting consequences including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes. Results obtained after 31 October 2007 and during the period of ineligibility will be disqualified.

As a result of this, on May 16, 2008, Petacchi was fired by Team Milram.

As of 31 January 2009.

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