Boonen strikes back at Petacchi

Tom Boonen hits back at Alessandro Petacchi by narrowly winning the final stage of the Ruta del Sol,

Tom Boonen hits back at Alessandro Petacchi by narrowly winning the final stage of the Ruta del Sol,



After two successive defeats to Alessandro Petacchi, world champion Tom Boonen handed the Italian his first defeat in a bunch sprint this season when he narrowly won the final stage of the Ruta del Sol when it finished in Seville this afternoon. The pair could barely be separated as they crossed the line, but Boonen was given the verdict, while Carlos Garcia Quesada was confirmed as the overall winner of the race, the second Andalucian rider to take the title in succession after last year’s victory by Paco Cabello.

Boonen and Petacchi were in the action early in the stage as they went clear with six others after just 21km of riding. The group stayed together for 30km or so, until Rabobank’s Erik Dekker and Discovery Channel’s Leif Hoste pressed on.

As was the case on the two previous stages, the pair were close to deciding the stage between them, but were reeled in with two kilometres remaining by the Milram and Quick Step riders setting the pace for Petacchi and Boonen, who were set up for their third head-to-head in a row.

“This is a great victory,” said Boonen of his seventh win of the season, “a victory that rewards great team work. Once again today the team work was perfect. I made a few silly mistakes over the past few days probably because I was a bit nervous. Today I launched the sprint, Petacchi caught up with and overtook me but I was able to relaunch myself, catch up with and overtake him. This is the most important thing for me!”

Quick Step lead-out man, who used to work for Petacchi at Fassa Bortolo, was also pleased to put one over on his former team leader. “During the race we were all very active and present. We are a team but also a group of close friends. We talk to each other every day about how we can improve and better things and these are the results,” said Tosatto.

Stage 5, Olvera-Seville

1 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic 172.6km in 3.50.10 (44.99kph)
2 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Milram
3 Roger Hammond (GB) Discovery Channel
4 Baden Cooke (Aus)
5 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank
6 I¤aki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel
7 Rodrigo Garcia (Spa) Kaiku
8 Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel
9 Luciano Pagliarini (Bra) Saunier Duval
10 Guennadi Mikhailov (Rus) Discovery Channel

Final overall standings

1 Carlos Garcia Quesada (Spa) 20.08.23
2 Rodrigo Garcia (Spa) Kaiku
3 Adolfo Garcia Quesada (Spa) Andalucia-Paul Versan 0.07
4 I¤aki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel 0.15
5 Luis Pasamontes (Spa) 0.18
6 Jos Bonilla (CRC) Comunitat Valenciana
7 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Saunier Duval
8 Manuel Lloret (Spa) Comunitat Valenciana 26.19
9 Manuel Calvente (Spa) Agritubel 27.31
10 Manuel Beltran (Spa) Discovery Channel 27.35

– Bernhard Eisel took his second win of the season as he took stage two of the Tour of the Algarve in Lagos this afternoon. The lead was retained by stage one winner Marco Zanotti, although the pair are now tied on time.

Stage 2, Vila do Bispo-Lagos

1 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Franaise des Jeux 173.5km in 4.20.43 (39.93kph)
2 Manuel Cardoso (Por) Carvalhelhos
3 Niko Eeckhout (Bel) Chocolade Jacques
4 Marco Zanotti (Ita)
5 Giosu Bonomi (Ita) Barloworld
6 Pedro Soeiro (Por) Riberalves
7 Robert Frster (Ger) Gerolsteiner
8 Sbastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis
9 Henk Vogels (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto
10 Eric Baumann (Ger) T-Mobile



1 Marco Zanotti (Ita) 8.04.03
2 Eisel
3 Cardoso 0.02
4 Jeremy Hunt (GB) 0.04
5 Markus Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner 0.06
6 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Chocolade Jacques
7 Hugo Sabido (Por) Barloworld 0.07
8 Christophe Mengin (Fra) Franaise des Jeux
9 Lars Boom (Hol) Rabobank
10 Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) T-Mobile 0.08