Alessandro Petacchi wins Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen

Italian avoids massive crash in finale

Alessandro Petacchi is back on the winner's podium

Alessandro Petacchi took his first win in Belgium by out-sprinting his competition in the Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen Wednesday.


The LPR Brakes rider kept his nose in front of a massive crash that saw favourites Robbie McEwen (Katusha) and Greg Van Avermaet (Silence-Lotto) come down in the final 100 metres.

“I have never won in Belgium, I had a third in Gent-Wevelgem,” Petacchi said. “I thought that it might not be possible to win today because I lost Alberto Ongarato and Lorenzo Bernucci was in the escape.”

Kenny Van Hummel (Skil-Shimano), Dominique Rollin (Cervélo TestTeam) and Antonio Cruz (BMC Racing Team) took second through fourth.


1 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita|LPR Brakes-Farnese Vini)
2 Kenny Van Hummel (Ned|Skil-Shimano)
3 Dominique Rollin (Can|Cervélo TestTeam)
4 Antonio Cruz (USA|BMC Racing Team)

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