Alessandro Petacchi has finalised his race program before the Giro d'Italia, where he hopes to be in top sprinting form. The Italian turbo will race in the Rund um Köln in Germany on April 17, then the Niedersachsen Rundfahrt, between April 19-23.
"I will ride in Germany because these races are in the neighbourhood of our sponsor," said Petacchi. "Besides, in doing so, compared to previous years when I have participated in the Tour de Romandie, I will have more time to rest before the Giro d'Italia. In Germany, we will try to achieve some good results and even help Zabel to win in Cologne.
Rund um Köln, April 17 (1.1): Erik Zabel, Alessandro Petacchi, Daniel Becke, Ralf Grabsch, Enrico Poitschke, Christian Knees, Bjorn Schröder, Martin Muller. DS: Jan Schaffrath
Niedersachsen Rundfahrt, April 19-23 (2.1): Alessandro Petacchi, Daniel Becke, Volodymyr Dyudya, Ralf Grabsch, Enrico Poitschke, Elia Rigotto, Martin Muller, Marco Velo. DS: Jan Schaffrath, Antonio Bevilacqua