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Friday's La Gazzetta dello Sport reported that Alessandro Petacchi had reached an agreement with Domina Vacanze boss Gianluigi Stanga to sign a three-year deal with the team.
Petacchi's move pre-empted the announcement which duly arrived on Friday that Giancarlo Ferretti has failed to find a replacement sponsor for Fassa Bortolo. As a result, after six years in the peloton, the team which counts Petacchi, Ivan Basso and Michele Bartoli among its alumni will definitively shut up shop at the end of the season.
"I tried everything I could to go ahead with a team as well organised as this one, which employs around fifty people including riders and staff, but I couldn't pull it off," a rueful Ferretti commented today. "I nonetheless thank Paolo Fassa, who six years ago offered me the chance to build a team in the 'Ferretti' mould, with a winning mentality."
La Gazzetta also reports that Petacchi will be taking three of his Fassa team-mates with him - Mauro Tosatto, Marco Velo and Fabio Sacchi. The deal is said to be costing Domina three million euros.
Petacchi has pulled out of this week's Brixia Tour in Italy to a leg muscle injury, and will decide in the next couple of days whether to take part in the Tour of the Walloon Regions event in Belgium.