Alessandro Petacchi retires from professional cycling

Alessandro Petacchi in green, Tour de France 2010 stage 1

Italian sprinter Alessandro Petacchi announced his retirement on Tuesday after 18 years as a professional rider.

Issuing a statement via his Lampre-Merida team's website, Petacchi said: "My career has been full of satisfactions and enriched by all the most important victories that a rider like me could ever aim at.

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