Petacchi Aiming For Two More Years

ROME, Oct 30, 2011 (AFP) - Italian sprinter Alessandro Petacchi has revealed he wants to continue racing for two more years, even though he is fast approaching his 38th birthday. The Lampre rider, a winner of the points classification at all three Grand Tours, told La Gazzetta dello Sport that he asks himself whether or not he should continue but is ready to keep going. "Sometimes … [Read more...]

No Olympic Reprieve For Petacchi

ROME, Oct 7, 2011 (AFP) - Italian cycling federation chiefs have put the brakes on Alessandro Petacchi's hopes of an Olympic swansong in London next year, a day after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) gave hope to hundreds of athletes. CAS earlier this week upheld an appeal by American sprinter LaShawn Merritt against his ban from the Olympics following positive tests for the … [Read more...]

Scarponi Looks To Petacchi To Help In Vuelta Dreams

PARIS, Aug 16, 2011 (AFP) - Italian rider Michele Scarponi said he will look to legendary sprinter Alessandro Petacchi for inspiration after Lampre announced that he will lead their challenge on the Tour of Spain. Scarponi, 31, added that whilst he was in good form having finished second in the Tour of Italy behind Alberto Contador in May, he would look to win stages initially and then … [Read more...]

Petacchi And Cavendish Agree

RAVENNA (Italy), May 19, 2011 - Italy's Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre) has also decided, as has the Briton Mark Cavendish, to withdraw from the Giro after the 12th stage on Thursday at Ravenna. "My race is over, " said Petacchi, winner of the 2nd stage in Parma. "I came to the Giro to help Scarponi and I did it willingly. I also had the opportunity to play my card. By winning a stage, I … [Read more...]

Petacchi Wins Controversial Sprint, But Cavendish In Giro Pink

PARMA, Italy, May 8, 2011 - Italian sprint ace Alessandro Petacchi of the Lampre team won the second stage of the Tour of Italy here on Sunday amid protests from British star Mark Cavendish who took the leader's pink jersey. Petacchi just edged HTC rider Cavendish in a battle for the finish line, in a victory which was only confirmed by the jury after viewing video footage. The … [Read more...]

Petacchi Wins Second Stage of Tour of Catalonia

MADRID, March 22, 2011 - Veteran sprint ace Alessandro Petacchi of Italy Tuesday won the second stage of the Tour of Catalonia in northeastern Spain, a 169.3-kilometer race from Santa Coloma de Farners to Banyoles. Latvia's Gatis Smukulis of HTC-Highroad retains the overall lead after winning Monday's first stage. Petacchi, 37, of the Lampre team, edged Spain's Jose Joaquin Rojas of … [Read more...]

Scarponi and Petacchi At Volta a Catalunya

No time to rest, after the efforts in Milano-Sanremo, for Scarponi and Petacchi, who will both take part in Volta a Catalunya from 21 to 27 March. Sport director from Lampre-ISD, Bruno Vicino and Bogdan Bondariew will have in their team, in addition to Scarponi and Petacchi, also Kostyuk, Loosli, Marzano, Perez Arrieta, Pietropolli and Spezialetti. "I think that the fit shown in … [Read more...]

Entire Italian Cycling Family Faces Doping Ban

ROME - Italian Olympic Committee (Coni) prosecutors have asked for an entire family to be banned for doping offenses related to a case involving Alessandro Petacchi. Coni has asked for Petacchi's Lampre team-mate Lorenzo Bernucci to be banned for six years, whilst also requesting four-year bans for the cyclist's wife Valentina Borgioli, brother Alessio Bernucci, mother Antonella Rossi and … [Read more...]

Alessandro Petacchi Forced To Withdrawl From Tour of Spain

From the joy of the victory to the sadness of a withdrawal in only two days: that's what happened to Alessandro Petacchi, who had won the 6th stage and today had to quit the 8th stage of Vuelta a Espana. The sprinter by Lampre-Farnese Vini left the race after 47 km from the start in Calpe, because of the consequences of the crash that saw him involved in the early kilometres of yesterday … [Read more...]

Lopez Wins Stage 9, As Anton Retains Tour of Spain Lead

ALCOY, Spain- Spanish rider David Lopez of Caisse d'Epargne won the mountainous ninth stage of the Tour of Spain on Sunday while his compatriot Igor Anton retained the overall race leader's red jersey. Lopez crossed the finish line on his own after breaking away from a small group of leaders with some five kilometers to go in the 187.7-km ride between Calpe to Alcoy in southeastern … [Read more...]