In the same race and his second race back after fracturing his knee at the Giro d'Italia, Milram sprinter Alessandro Petacchi completed 165 out of 200 kilometres' racing at yesterday's Rund um die Hanileite, with no complaints.
"Today I did some good training. My knee is okay and this is important for me," said Petacchi in a team statement. "I did 165 kilometres of the race because it started to rain in the final and I didn't want to risk [anything]. Tomorrow, I will start at the Bochum Sparkassen and if the weather is good, I would like to finish the race," he said.