Petacchi denies Cavendish victory in stage 2 of Giro

Alessandro Petacchi giro d italia 2009 stage 2

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Alessandro Petacchi (LPR Brakes) has won the second stage of the 2009 Giro d'Italia this afternoon, denying Mark Cavendish (Columbia) his first chance of solo stage victory.

Having sat on Cavendish's wheel on the run-in to the line, Petacchi came around the Manxman in the final few hundred metres of the stage. For once, Cavendish simply couldn't accelerate to catch him, giving the Italian his first taste of Giro glory since his last stage win in 2005.

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