Italian sprint ace Alessandro Petacchi proved that he is on fir already this season by winning his third consecutive stage of the Ruta del Sol.

The Milram man won the final stage of the five-day race in Cordoba, Spain – his fourth victory of the season.

As predicted, Pablo Lastras Garcia (Caisse D’Epargne) held on to the leader’s jersey to take the race overall.

Alessandro Petacchi proved unbeatable in the latter stages of the five day race

Pablo Lastras Garcia. Photos: Luc Claessen

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