The wheels fall off Fassa again

Despite looking like they had it all under control with 3 km to go in today's sixth stage, Giancarlo...

Despite looking like they had it all under control with 3 km to go in today's sixth stage, Giancarlo Ferretti's Fassa Bortolo men once again imploded as Matteo Tosatto took them around a right hand bend via the scenic route. When Tosatto overcooked the corner with six teammates - including Petacchi - in tow, it was all over for the silver train; another good opportunity to win a stage gone. The Giro is already seven stages old and neither Petacchi nor his purpose-built team have succeeded in getting their wheels across the line first.

"I am their captain," said a disappointed and frustrated Petacchi afterwards. "I hope my teammates were not hurt when they crashed in front of me. I rode into the dirt, but I stayed upright. The circuit was nasty and the corner very tight. I'm really sorry, because I wanted to win here in Tuscany, near my home. I feel good myself, and I hope to succeed on other occasions, even in Ravenna."

Back to top