Petacchi starts Vuelta despite ongoing doping investigation

Alessandro Petacchi wins stage, Tour de France 2010 stage 1

Italian Alessandro Petacchi starts the Vuelta a España tomorrow in Sevilla, Spain, despite the possibility he will bring dark clouds over the race. Depending on the outcome of a doping investigation in Rome, Italy, he may face a lifetime doping suspension.

Tomorrow night at 22:44, Petacchi will depart with his Lampre-Farnese team in the Vuelta a España's team time trial. The stage will kick off the three-week Vuelta a España, which may be cut short for Petacchi depending on what the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) decides next Monday or Tuesday.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.