Alessandro Petacchi still hoping to ride with Omega Pharma and Cavendish

Alessandro Petacchi, Tour de France 2012, stage five

Alessandro Petacchi keeps hope that he will join team Omega Pharma-QuickStep and lead out Mark Cavendish this year. The Italian sprinter plans to visit the UCI, who decided on Tuesday he was unable to return after a short retirement.

"To stop like this just because [the UCI] didn't allow me to do the Giro d'Italia... I don't see the sense in that," Petacchi told Cycling Weekly. "There's this chance and it's only right to try, to try to talk some more with UCI to see if they change their minds."

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