Alessandro Petacchi

He only managed 60km with some friends along the Tuscan coast but Alessandro Petacchi was as happy if he had won a sprint in the Tour de France on Thursday.

The Team Milram sprinter has been on crutches since May 8 but can now begin rebuilding the muscles in his left leg in the hope of being ready for the Vuelta Espana that starts in Malaga on August 28.

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