Petacchi takes GP Cerami sprint

Veteran Italian takes his first win since 2012

Alessandro Petacchi won the GP Pino Cerami race in Belgium, giving him first victory since joining Omega Pharma-QuickStep.

Petacchi beat 2013 winner Jonas Vangenechten (Lotto-Belisol) and fellow Italian Daniele Colli (Neri-Sottoli-Yellow Fluo) in the hectic sprint finish. He put his hands to head in disbelief as he crossed the line.

Petacchi turned 40 in January and returned for several months last season, only to find new motivation as a leadout rider for Mark Cavendish. With the Manxman out of action due to the effects of a virus, Petacchi has stepped up to be the team's leading sprinter and was given a perfect lead out from his Omega Pharma-QuickStep teammates and especially last man Mark Renshaw.

"I'm super happy about this victory," Petacchi said. "We rode really well. The last kilometer was slightly uphill, but I counted on a great team. In the final, Andrew Fenn and Mark Renshaw did a great job. I went at about 200m to go. We had a headwind but I too the right tempo to do my sprint and I won."

It was Petacchi first win since 2012 but marked the 20th victory of the season for the Belgian squad.

"I haven't won since 2012. So, I'm super satisfied about this victory. I took my chance here. I am counted on with this team to leadout Mark Cavendish, and I'm more than proud to do it. But when you win it's also a nice feeling. At the age of 40 it's never easy. when you are a sprinter at this age you gain some strength, but you are a bit less explosive."


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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team4:42:44 
2Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
3Daniele Colli (Ita) NRI  
4Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
5Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
6Antoine Demoitie (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
7Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
8Joeri Stallaert (Bel) Veranclassic - Doltcini  
9Rudy Barbier (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
10Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN - Qhubeka  
11Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
12Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
13Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Androni Giocattoli  
14Ivan Balykin (Ita) Rusvelo  
15Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team  
16Jelle Mannaerts (Bel) Verandas Willems  
17Jaap De Man (Ned) Team 3M  
18Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Rabobank Development Team  
19Emiel Vermeulen (Bel) Team 3M  
20Silvio Giorni (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team  
21Timothy Stevens (Bel) Team 3M  
22Robin Stenuit (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
23Ricardo Van Dongen (Ned) Rabobank Development Team  
24Artur Ershov (Rus) Rusvelo  
25Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Androni Giocattoli  
26Jerome Kerf (Bel) Color Code - Biowanze  
27Gerry Druyts (Bel) Team 3M  
28Etienne Van Empel (Ned) Rabobank Development Team  
29Igor Boev (Rus) Rusvelo  
30Florent Delfosse (Bel) Color Code - Biowanze  
31Mark Renshaw (Aus) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
32Jérémy Burton (Bel) Verandas Willems  
33Olivier Pardini (Bel) Verandas Willems  
34Antonio Parrinello (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
35Aaron Gate (NZl) An Post - Chain Reaction  
36Wouter Mol (Ned) Veranclassic - Doltcini  
37Quentin Jauregui (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
38Fabio Chinello (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team  
39Loic Pestiaux (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
40Andrew Ydens (Bel) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon  
41Darijus Dzervus (Ltu) Veranclassic - Doltcini  
42Timothy Dupont (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
43Sam Lennertz (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental Team  
44Arnaud Geronboux (Bel) Color Code - Biowanze  
45Nicola Testi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
46Antoine Warnier (Bel) Color Code - Biowanze  
47Sam Oomen (Ned) Rabobank Development Team  
48Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental Team  
49César Bihel (Fra) Team Differdange - Losch  
50Sander Cordeel (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental Team  
51Remy Mertz (Bel) Color Code - Biowanze  
52Baptiste Plackaert (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
53Andrea Fedi (Ita) NRI  
54Florent Mottet (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
55Ludovic Robeet (Bel) Color Code - Biowanze  
56Joren Touquet (Bel) Verandas Willems  
57Giorgio Brambilla (Ita) Veranclassic - Doltcini  
58Alo Jakin (Est) Bigmat - Auber 93  
59Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Rusvelo  
60Alexander Serov (Rus) Rusvelo  
61Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
62Joaquin Sobrino Martinez (Spa) Team Differdange - Losch  
63Sergey Klimov (Rus) Rusvelo  
64Michael Goolaerts (Bel) Verandas Willems  
65Alphonse Vermote (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental Team  
66Simone Petilli (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team  
67Nicolas Vereecken (Bel) Verandas Willems  
68Sebastiano Frassetto (Ita) Team Differdange - Losch  
69Shane Archbold (NZl) An Post - Chain Reaction  
70Janis Dakteris (Lat) Team Differdange - Losch  
71Frederique Robert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
72Charly Petelin (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team  
73Timo Roosen (Ned) Rabobank Development Team  
74Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
75Jonathan Baratto (Bel) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon  
76Lubos Pelanek (Cze) Team Differdange - Losch  
77Jean-Lou Paiani (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
78Louis Convens (Bel) Verandas Willems  
79Yannis Yssaad (Fra) Bigmat - Auber 93  
80Romain Hubert (Bel) Color Code - Biowanze  
81Julien Deschesne (Bel) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon  
82Kevin De Weert (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
83Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
84Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
85Quentin Bertholet (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
86Emiel Dolfsma (Ned) Rabobank Development Team  
87Dimitri Le Boulch (Fra) Bigmat - Auber 93  
88Kevin Claeys (Bel) An Post - Chain Reaction  
89Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Rusvelo  
90Pim Ligthart (Ned) Lotto Belisol  
91Samuele Conti (Ita) NRI  
92Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Veranclassic - Doltcini  
93Ludwig De Winter (Bel) Color Code - Biowanze  
94Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
95Christian Helmig (Lux) Team Differdange - Losch  
96Sean Downey (Irl) An Post - Chain Reaction  
97Steven Tronet (Fra) Bigmat - Auber 93  
98Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
99Maxime Renault (Fra) Bigmat - Auber 93  
100Martin Reimer (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka  
101Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Rusvelo  
102Martin Wesemann (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
103Nick Wynants (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental Team  
104Gregory Franckaert (Bel) Team 3M  
105Gianluca Mengardo (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team  
106Kevin Suarez Martinez (Bel) Team Differdange - Losch  
107Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Bigmat - Auber 93  
108Linus Gerdemann (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka  
109Serge De Wortelaer (Bel) Veranclassic - Doltcini  
110Sascha Weber (Ger) Veranclassic - Doltcini  
111Romain Pillon (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
112Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
113Laurent Van Den Bak (Bel) An Post - Chain Reaction  
114Axel Gremelpont (Bel) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon  
115Michael Vingerling (Ned) Team 3M  
116Jackson Rodriguez (Ven) Androni Giocattoli  
117Glenn Vandemaele (Bel) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon  
118Ferekalsi Debesay Abrha (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka  
119Maxime Vekeman (Bel) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon  
120Paolo Ciavatta (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team  
121Marco Canola (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
122Nicolas Mertz (Bel) Verandas Willems  
123Mirko Tedeschi (Ita) NRI  
124Jonas Rickaert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
125Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental Team  
126Jim Sogenzo (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
127Glenn O'shea (Aus) An Post - Chain Reaction  
128Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
129Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka  
130Kieran Frend (GBr) An Post - Chain Reaction  
131Filippo Fortin (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
132Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Rabobank Development Team  
133Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol  
134Wout Franssen (Bel) An Post - Chain Reaction  
135Luigi Miletta (Ita) NRI  
136Julien Duval (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
137Théo Vimpere (Fra) Bigmat - Auber 93  
138Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
139Sean De Bie (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
140Otto Vergaerde (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
141Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
142Tim Van Speybroeck (Bel) Team 3M  
143Rick Ottema (Ned) Veranclassic - Doltcini  
144Moreno De Pauw (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
145Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
146Nico Sijmens (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
147Kurt Geysen (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental Team  
148Giorgio Cecchinel (Ita) NRI  
149Gianluca Leonardi (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team  
150Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol  
151Flavien Dassonville (Fra) Bigmat - Auber 93  
152Omar Bertazzo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
153Marco Bandiera (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
154Angelo Pagani (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
155Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
156Jimmy Janssens (Bel) Team 3M  
157Petr Vakoc (Cze) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
158Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
159Gediminas Kaupas (Ltu) Team Differdange - Losch  
160Bradley Potgieter (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
161Mattia Pozzo (Ita) NRI  
DNFToshoni Van Craen (Bel) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon  
DNFTom Vessey (NZl) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon  
DNFKevin Van Staeyen (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental Team  
DNFLennard Hofstede (Ned) Rabobank Development Team  

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