Petacchi takes Tirreno opener

Two days after tasting defeat for the first time in a sprint this season, Alessandro Petacchi is bac

Two days after tasting defeat for the first time in a sprint this season, Alessandro Petacchi is bac
PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM There were no problems with the weather on the first day of Tirreno-Adriatico, where Alessandro Petacchi wasted no time in putting his defeat earlier this week to Mario Cipollini behind him. The Fassa Bortolo took a clear win in a stage starting and finishing in Civitavecchia, with Francaise des Jeux's Bernhard Eisel second and Davitamon-Lotto's Robbie McEwen third. Petacchi's 'train' set him up for his ninth win of the season by bringing back a three-man break just 4km from the finish. As for Mario Cipollini, who beat Petacchi at the Tour of Lucca on Monday, he was dropped on the final climb of the day with 20km remaining, and complained of breathing problems at the finish. Tomorrow's stage should be beyond even Petacchi's phenomenal capacity as it finishes with a 4km climb to Tivoli. Stage 1, Civitavecchia-Civitavecchia 1 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 161km in 3.58.47 (40.45kph) 2 Bernard Eisel (Aut) Francaise des Jeux 3 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto 4 Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank 5 Roberto Petito (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 6 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Crdit Agricole 7 Paride Grillo (Ita) Panaria 8 Giosue Bonomi (Ita) Lampre-Caffita 9 Marco Velo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 10 Simone Cadamuro (Ita) Domina Vacanze 21 George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel 23 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Cofidis 28 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Franaise des Jeux 29 Christopher Horner (USA) Saunier Duval 53 Julian Dean (NZ) Crdit Agricole 58 Mario Cipollini (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi 67 Michael Barry (Can) Discovery Channel Team 110 Baden Cooke (Aus) Franaise des Jeux 118 Matthew White (Aus) Cofidis 125 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Franaise des Jeux 127 Bradley McGee (Aus) Franaise des Jeux 144 Roger Hammond (GB) Discovery Channel 176 Frank Hoj (Den) Gerolsteiner 9.34 182 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Panaria 14.51 Graeme Brown (Aus) Panaria did not finish
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