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Petacchi awarded

Alessandro Petacchi (Milram) will be presented with the Torre d'argento by the organisers of the GP Costa degli Etruschi, the opening race on the Italian calendar. Petacchi will receive the award on Thursday night in Marina di Bibbone. Besides Petacchi, Italian journalist Auro Bulbarelli; organiser and manager Piero Pieroni; Italian elite women's champion Silvia Parietti; and the winner for the past two years of the Coppa d'Oro classic, Diego Ulissi, will all receive awards.

"The Torre d'Argento is a prize to thank the people who give value to our region," said Giorgio Creatini, sports councillor of the Castagneto Carducci community. Alessandro Petacchi, beyond having won the past edition of the GP Costa degli Etruschi, has done training camps in our community. We wish that he can repeat his successes of 2005 this year.

The 2006 GP Costa degli Etruschi takes place on February 4.