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Gallery: The winning career of Alessandro Petacchi

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Alessandro Petacchi wins on the Via Roma in 2005

Alessandro Petacchi wins on the Via Roma in 2005
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Alessandro Petacchi (Milram) giving his bike the final inspection

Alessandro Petacchi (Milram) giving his bike the final inspection
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Alessandro Petacchi (LPR Brake) having a bit of fun with his teammates

Alessandro Petacchi (LPR Brake) having a bit of fun with his teammates
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Alessandro Petacchi (Milram) wins the sprint while Freire (orange) shakes his head. He was almost brought down by McEwen, who unclipped in the furious sprint.

Alessandro Petacchi (Milram) wins the sprint while Freire (orange) shakes his head. He was almost brought down by McEwen, who unclipped in the furious sprint.
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Alessandro Petacchi (Milram) takes it.

Alessandro Petacchi (Milram) takes it.
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Alessandro Petacchi (Milram) rides up the Kemmel

Alessandro Petacchi (Milram) rides up the Kemmel
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Ah yes! Alessandro Petacchi (Milram) nabs the win in Tuscany.

Ah yes! Alessandro Petacchi (Milram) nabs the win in Tuscany.
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Alessandro Petacchi (Milram) wins.

Alessandro Petacchi (Milram) wins.
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The four jersey classification winners: Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank), Alberto Contador (Astana), Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre) and Anthony Charteau (Bbox)

The four jersey classification winners: Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank), Alberto Contador (Astana), Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre) and Anthony Charteau (Bbox)
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Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre) doesn't do Paris-Roubaix for a good reason.

Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre) doesn't do Paris-Roubaix for a good reason.
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Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre) takes the sprint on stage 2.

Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre) takes the sprint on stage 2.
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Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre) with his not-quite matching green shorts and jersey.

Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre) with his not-quite matching green shorts and jersey.
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Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre) wins the sprint on stage 2

Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre) wins the sprint on stage 2
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Alessandro Petacchi (Milram) wins the mad dash to the line. Just behind McEwen unclipped and bumped into Freire (orange jersey). Both stayed upright while Zabel celebrated the team-mates win behind.

Alessandro Petacchi (Milram) wins the mad dash to the line. Just behind McEwen unclipped and bumped into Freire (orange jersey). Both stayed upright while Zabel celebrated the team-mates win behind.
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Nice biceps, Ale-Jet - Petacchi salutes rather emphatically after his second Vuelta win

Nice biceps, Ale-Jet - Petacchi salutes rather emphatically after his second Vuelta win
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Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo) counts his lucky stars

Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo) counts his lucky stars
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Two - Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo) triumphs once again, with Thor Hushovd (Crédit Agricole, L, unseen) and Erik Zabel (T-Mobile, R) second and third.

Two - Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo) triumphs once again, with Thor Hushovd (Crédit Agricole, L, unseen) and Erik Zabel (T-Mobile, R) second and third.
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Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo) looks good in the fishes of the points jersey, but won't win it overall

Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo) looks good in the fishes of the points jersey, but won't win it overall
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Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo) warms up

Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo) warms up
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Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo) and iPod

Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo) and iPod
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Alessandro Petacchi is ecstatic

Alessandro Petacchi is ecstatic
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An emotional Alessandro Petacchi is congratulated by a team-mate

An emotional Alessandro Petacchi is congratulated by a team-mate
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The cilamino jersey of Petacchi is nestled into the leadout train

The cilamino jersey of Petacchi is nestled into the leadout train
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Alessandro Petacchi was on hand to watch the Giro - he can only watch as he's currently suspended.

Alessandro Petacchi was on hand to watch the Giro - he can only watch as he's currently suspended.
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Alessandro Petacchi's Fassa Bortolo Pinarello Dogma.

Alessandro Petacchi's Fassa Bortolo Pinarello Dogma.
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Probably the highlight of Alessandro Petacchi's day

Probably the highlight of Alessandro Petacchi's day
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Detailed rear view of Petacchi's Pinarello Dogma - note that unique shape of the magnesium chainstays and Onda carbon fibre seatstays.

Detailed rear view of Petacchi's Pinarello Dogma - note that unique shape of the magnesium chainstays and Onda carbon fibre seatstays.
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Tom Boonen, Juan Antonio Flecha and Alessandro Ballan were held up in their pursuit by a train in Paris-Roubaix in 2006

Tom Boonen, Juan Antonio Flecha and Alessandro Ballan were held up in their pursuit by a train in Paris-Roubaix in 2006
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Basso and Petacchi pose on the start line.

Basso and Petacchi pose on the start line.
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Classification winners (l-r) Leonardo Piepoli (Saunier Duval-Prodir), Danilo Di Luca (Liquigas), Andy Schleck (Team CSC) and Alessandro Petacchi (Milram).

Classification winners (l-r) Leonardo Piepoli (Saunier Duval-Prodir), Danilo Di Luca (Liquigas), Andy Schleck (Team CSC) and Alessandro Petacchi (Milram).
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Mark Cavendish (HTC Highroad) and Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre-ISD) do battle.

Mark Cavendish (HTC Highroad) and Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre-ISD) do battle.
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Mario Cipollini (Liquigas-Bianchi) and Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo) together early on in the race

Mario Cipollini (Liquigas-Bianchi) and Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo) together early on in the race
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Unbelievable for Alessandro Petacchi (Milram).

Unbelievable for Alessandro Petacchi (Milram).
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Robbie McEwen (RadioShack) and Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre-ISD) have shared many a sprint dual.

Robbie McEwen (RadioShack) and Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre-ISD) have shared many a sprint dual.
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The race for second was very close between Fran Ventoso (Movistar) and Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre)

The race for second was very close between Fran Ventoso (Movistar) and Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre)
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The elation set in quickly after Petacchi realised he had won

The elation set in quickly after Petacchi realised he had won
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Petacchi and Hondo before the start

Petacchi and Hondo before the start
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Three time winner Zabel on the left shares a laugh with first time winner and team-mate Petacchi. Zabel led out the Italian.

Three time winner Zabel on the left shares a laugh with first time winner and team-mate Petacchi. Zabel led out the Italian.
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Freire (l) and Petacchi fight it out.

Freire (l) and Petacchi fight it out.
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Alessandro Petacchi has won 22 Giro d'Italia stages in his career.

Alessandro Petacchi has won 22 Giro d'Italia stages in his career.
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Ivan Basso, Alessandro Petacchi and Jurgen Van den Broeck imbibe in some of the local brew.

Ivan Basso, Alessandro Petacchi and Jurgen Van den Broeck imbibe in some of the local brew.
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Alessandro Petacchi and Damiano Cunego in the studio with their bikes.

Alessandro Petacchi and Damiano Cunego in the studio with their bikes.
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Sprint greats Alessandro Petacchi and Mario Cipollini pose together at the finish of stage 10.

Sprint greats Alessandro Petacchi and Mario Cipollini pose together at the finish of stage 10.
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Alessandro Petacchi and Danilo Di Luca at the 2007 Giro d'Italia

Alessandro Petacchi and Danilo Di Luca at the 2007 Giro d'Italia
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Alessandro Petacchi (Milram) and his wife.

Alessandro Petacchi (Milram) and his wife.
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Just months after his 39th birthday Alessandro 'Ale-Jet' Petacchi announced he would retire with immediate effect. 'The Gentleman' as he was affectionately called due to his quiet nature and apparent dislike for the hustle and bustle of bunch sprinting, enjoyed a long and prosperous 18-season career and has more than 180 victories to show for it.

The exact number of career wins is something which even Petacchi disputes but the Italian fast-man was undoubtedly one of the fastest of his time. Even in his twilight years he managed to pull-off some of his biggest achievements including winning two stages and the green points classification at the 2010 Tour de France - at the tender age of 36.

The Italian had slowed his winning rate over the past few seasons but managed to still pick up enough results to ensue his passion and desire to continue competing.

The following gallery is a showcase of the man who holds 48 grand tour stage victories, the point classification at the Giro d'Italia (2004), Tour de France (2010) and Vuelta a España (2005) along with victories at Milan San-Remo (2005) and Paris-Tours (2007). Petacchi is not without a few black marks against his name but the now retired sprinter can still look back on a prosperous career that was beyond what he ever expected.

"My career has been full of satisfactions and enriched by all the most important victories that a rider like me could ever have aimed for," said Petacchi in a statement released by his team. "I feel it's time to dedicate time for myself and to go in search for new interests."