Alessandro Petacchi (Milram) finished the first stage of the Regio Tour in 96th place, 6 seconds behind winner Danilo Hondo (Lamonta). The Italian super sprinter is trying to recover his form in time for the Vuelta, and it's not easy.
"I've finished the first stage and I'm very tired, but I think it's normal for my condition," he said. "The course wasn't easy and I was in difficulty on the climbs. In the final, last km, Grillo (Panaria) fell and with him my teammate Ongarato, and so I finished the stage with a little gap. I seem myself getting better, but I know that other days I see myself getting worse."