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Petacchi's win in Ravenna could be a good omen for himself and his team, Cipollini announces separat

Petacchi's win in Ravenna could be a good omen for himself and his team, Cipollini announces separat

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Yesterday's first win in this year's Giro may have been an overly long time coming for Alessandro Petacchi, but the victory in Ravenna offered a very good omen for the Italian's main objective at the end of the season, the world championship.

Back in 1972, Marino Basso won his first stage in that year's Giro in Ravenna, finishing ahead of Franco Bitossi. The pair's placings were then the same later that year at the world championships in Gap.

The victory was timely in another respect, as Petacchi's Fassa Bortolo team boss, Giancarlo Ferretti, is set to meet the company owner Paolo Fassa today to discuss continuing the cement company's link with the team. Fassa have previously indicated that they will be pulling out totally at the end of this season.

Ferretti is trying to find a major company that will provide a long-term commitment to his team, and, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, persuade Fassa to stay on as a sub-sponsor for another year.

- A day on from Jan Ullrich's acknowledgement that he is to split from his long-term partner, recently retired sprinter Mario Cipollini has announced that he and his wife of 12 years, Sabrina Landucci, are to split. The pair have tried to reconcile unreported differences several times, but have now decided to separate. The couple have two daughters, Lucrezia and Rachele.

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