Saturday, July 17, 2010

Back to Green for Alessandro Petachhi

Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre-Farnese Vini) is back to wearing the green jersey after losing it yesterday to Thor Hushovd (Cervelo Test Team) and winning it back today on the 13th stage. Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) won the stage with a late attack, finishing 13 seconds ahead of the top sprinters. 2nd place was won by Cavendish, and Petacchi finished 3rd earning precious points over Hushovd who finished 8th.

"The duel against Hushovd is very interesting and it will go on until Paris," Petacchi commented. "Today, thanks to the support of my team mates I could take back the green jersey. Now I have to pay even more attention to the intermediate sprints since Hushovd is skillful in joining breakaways. It will be a tough battle".

The top 5 in the green jersey points classification:

1 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 187 pts
2 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team 185
3 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - Columbia 162
4 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 144
5 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team Katusha 138

Photo: Bettini

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