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Petacchi auctions bike for tsunami victims, Vuelta offers two wild cards, Tour of Basque Country rou

Petacchi auctions bike for tsunami victims, Vuelta offers two wild cards, Tour of Basque Country rou
PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM Alessandro Petacchi has put the bike on which he won nine stages of last year's Giro d'Italia up for auction on the Italian ebay site. Proceeds from the auction will go to victims of the Asian tsunami. Petacchi's Pinarello Dogma will be up for grabs at www.ebay.it until March 23. - The Todociclismo website is reporting that the Comunitat Valenciana and Relax-Fuenlabrada teams have been offered invites to August's Vuelta a Espa¤a alongside the 20 ProTour teams. - Final stage details for next month's Tour of the Basque Country have been confirmed. Running from April 4-8, the first ProTour event to take place in Spain is expected to draw an extremely strong field, including names such as Menchov, Valverde, Mayo, Frigo, Basso, Julich, Voigt, Popovych, Evans, Heras, Rebellin, Cunego, Klden, Vinokourov and Beloki. The schedule: April 4, stage 1: Zarautz-Zarautz, 133km April 5, stage 2: Zarautz- La Lejana, 166km April 6, stage 3: Ortuella-Vitoria, 176km April 7, stage 4: Vitoria-Alsasua, 167km April 8, stage 5, part one: Alsasua-Arantzazu, 93km April 8, stage 5, part two: O¤ati hill-climb, 9.3km
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