Milram's tactics 'just didn't work'

Alessandro Petacchi (Milram)

Alessandro Petacchi (Milram) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

A disappointing Milano-Sanremo for Team Milram ended with four-time champion Erik Zabel and 2005 winner Alessandro Petacchi coming home 17th and 18th respectively as the team's decision to bank on a bunch sprint proved their undoing. In the previous 12 editions of Italy's most prestigious one-day race, just three have ended without bunch finishes, but the addition of the 4km climb of Le Mànie this year may just have softened the sprinters a little more than expected.

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