Ruta 4: Petacchi just nips in

Alessandro Petacchi beats some fellow sprinting heavyweights at the Ruta del Sol, while Bernhard Eis

Alessandro Petacchi beats some fellow sprinting heavyweights at the Ruta del Sol, while Bernhard Eis
PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM After three days of breakaways, the sprinters finally got a chance to shine on today's fourth stage of the Ruta del Sol, where Alessandro Petacchi led some big names into Cordoba. The Italian beat Van Heeswijk by a tyre's width for his second victory of the season. There was no change in the overall standings. Race leader Paco Cabello's Comunitat Valenciana team kept tight control on the race, helped to a large extent by the sprinters' teams. Although there were frequent attempts to break, the bunch maintained a rapid pace to resist them. Tomorrow's final stage should give the sprinters another chance to strut their stuff. It runs from Seville to Chiclana de la Frontera, with only one categorised climb on route. Stage 4, La Guardia de Jaen-Cordoba 1 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 162km in 3.38.31 (44.48kph) 2 Max van Heeswijk (Hol) Discovery Channel 3 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step 4 Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank 5 Erik Zabel (Ger) T-Mobile 6 Steven de Jongh (Hol) Rabobank 7 Vicente Reynes (Spa) Illes Balears 8 Andreas Klier (Ger) T-Mobile 9 Wesley van der Linden (Bel) Chocolade Jacques 10 Serge Baguet (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto Overall 1 Francisco Cabello (Spa) Comunitat Valenciana 16.39.00 2 Daniel Moreno (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada 1.30 3 Jos Luis Martinez (Spa) Comunitat Valenciana 2.36 4 Vicente Reynes (Spa) Illes Balears 2.45 5 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Saunier Duval 3.00 6 Ricardo Serrano (Spa) Kaiku 3.03 7 Manuel Beltran (Spa) Discovery Channel 3.16 8 David Ca¤ada (Spa) Saunier Duval 3.33 9 Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Kaiku 4.01 10 Angel Castresana (Spa) MrBookmaker.com 4.23 * Bernhard Eisel won the opening stage of the Tour of the Algarve on Wedesday in Albufeira. The Austrian beat T-Mobile's Olaf Pollack and Davitamon's Tom Steels in a bunch sprint. Stage 1, Albufeira-Albufeira 1 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Franaise des Jeux 140km in 3.36.31 (38.80kph) 2 Olaf Pollack (Ger) T-Mobile 3 Tom Steels (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto 4 Hans Dekkers (Hol) Rabobank 5 Candido Barbosa (Por) LA Aluminios 6 Baden Cooke (Aus) Franaise des Jeux 7 Pedro Soeiro (Por) Carvalhelhos 8 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Cofidis 9 Rudi Kemna (Hol) Shimano 10 Alexei Markov (Rus) Milaneza
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