Petacchi ends season, nearly robbed, Cortinovis out of Franco-Belge

Team Milram had some unfortunate news on Wednesday. Petacchi, who broke his finger in the Vuelta a España, will not race again this year. Initially, the sprinter wanted to try for one more event (Paris-Tours) after a season ruined by injuries, but his hand has not healed yet. "He would have liked to prepare for Paris-Tours with a Belgian program," said Milram directeur sportif Vittorio Algeri. "But his medical condition doesn't permit this. The team management has decided that he will not race again this season. Alessandro will resume competition in the Ruta del Sol next year."

Moreover, Petacchi's house was nearly robbed this week. "Fortunately, the alarm went off and the thieves left," explained the sprinter, who at the time of the incident was dining out with his wife Chiara. "I received an alert on my mobile phone. I went straight back to my house but found nobody. In any case, we just moved in so the thieves wouldn't have found a lot." The Italian added that police officers in Lido di Camaiore intervened right away, currently investigating some suspects.

His teammate Alessandro Cortinovis was less fortunate as he will not be able to participate in the next-up stage race for Milram, because of a robbery. Flying into Brussels for the Circuit Franco-Belge, the rider recovered his suitcases in the airport, but they disappeared as the team assistants were loading the rider's belongings into the team van. As all of his documents were in one of the suitcases, Cortinovis saw no other solution than to take a flight straight back to Italy, as he could not have started in the race.

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