Oscar and Peta off to fast starts

Two of the peloton's biggest stars got off to immediate winning starts this season, with Oscar Freir

Two of the peloton's biggest stars got off to immediate winning starts this season, with Oscar Freir
PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM World champion Oscar Freire and last season's most successful rider, Alessandro Petacchi, wasted no time at all in opening their accounts this year. Freire made his first competitive appearance at the Palma criterium in the Majorca Challenge, where he won a well-contested finish against Illes Balears' Isaac Galvez. Petacchi was equally impressive in putting many of Italy's top sprinters very quickly in their place as he took the GP Costa degli Etruschi, the first race of the Italian season. After his Majorca win, Freire commented: "The rainbow jersey always brings me luck. The curse that goes with this jersey doesn't affect me. My team-mate Steven de Jongh did a lot of work and placed me well for the last few metres. Galvez went for it and I took advantage by following him. My plan is to ride the second, fourth and fifth stages of this Challenge, and I have to say I'm very happy that this season is now under way." Majorca Challenge, Palma criterium 1 Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank 82.5km in 1.32.59 (53.23kph) 2 Isaac Galvez (Spa) Illes Balears 3 Vicente Reynes (Spa) Illes Balears 4 Dimitri de Fauw (Bel) Quick Step 5 Erik Zabel (Ger) T-Mobile 6 Unai Elorriaga (Spa) Spain 7 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick Step 8 Aitor Perez (Spa) Spiuk 9 Rodrigo Garcia (Spa) Kaiku 10 Ricardo Serrano (Spa) Kaiku GP Costa degli Etruschi 1 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 197km in 5.19.24 (37.01kph) 2 Luciano Pagliarini (Bra) Liquigas 3 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 4 Paride Grillo (Ita) Panaria 5 Enrico Degano (Ita) Barloworld 6 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Lampre-Caffita 7 Krysztof Szczawinski (Pol) Flaminia 8 Crescenzo d'Amore (Ita) Acqua & Sapone 9 Patrick Calcagni (Swi) Liquigas 10 Giosu Bonomi (Ita) Lampre-Caffita
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