Petacchi confirms Tour absence

Alessandro Petacchi has confirmed that he will not ride this year's Tour de France. Petacchi said yesterday that he still plans to take a break in July to prepare for the world championships in Madrid in September, despite winning four stages of the Giro d'Italia over the last three weeks.

"In winter I did very intense work to prepare for Milan-San Remo," said Petacchi. "After that I rested, then rode the Vuelta a Aragon and Tour de Romandie before the Giro, so this year has been very hard with long phases [of racing]. I have tired legs."

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