Petacchi Giro st11

Alessandro Petacchi (Milram) confirmed he is a favourite for next Saturday?s Milan-San Remo by winning the fourth stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico in Civitanova Marche on Saturday.

The 166km hilly stage had a nasty climb just eight kilometres from the finish and Alessandro Ballan (Lampre) dragged a group of 20 riders clear but Petacchi?s Milram team lead the chase and then the powerful Italian paid them back with an impressive sprint.

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