Tirreno-Adriatico 2: Petacchi claims sprint finish

Moves to within 15 seconds of the lead

Italian cyclist Alessandro Petacchi won the second stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico race over 177km from Volterra to Marina di Carrara on Thursday.

The LPR Brakes rider edged out compatriot Daniele Bennati of Liquigas and Spaniard Koldo Fernandez in a sprint finish.

Frenchman Julien El Fares of Cofidis, who won the first stage on Wednesday, held onto the leader's jersey with Bennati in second 15 seconds behind.

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© AFP 2009

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