Star sprinter Alessandro Petacchi will make his 2008 racing debut in the GP Costa degli Etruschi in Donoratico, Italy, which he has won the last three years in a row. The Milram rider will be accompanied by team-mates Marco Velo, Alberto Ongarato, Fabio Sabatini, Elia Rigotto, Niki Terpstra, Volodymyr Diudia, Matej Jurco and Martin Müller. Australian Brett Lancaster had to cancel the race because of a fever.
"I love the race in Donoratico," said Petacchi ahead of the event taking place this Saturday, February 9. "I won it the last three times and starting with a win always raises morale."