Star sprinter Alessandro Petacchi was forced to pull out before the start of the Brixia Tour last week due to a muscular strain. He was expected to be back in action for the Tour de la Région Wallonne today but has decided to delay a little more, with the HEW-Cyclassics-Cup in Hamburg on July 31st his next competitive appointment.
"Fortunately a second scan has ruled out serious problems with the muscle of the left leg" says Petacchi. "But in case it flares up I will also miss the Tour de la Région Wallonne. I am amost certain to return to racing in the GP of Hamburg."