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Petacchi improves further

Alessandro Petacchi finished the Rothaus Regio Tour with a solid fifth place in the final stage, won by Torsten Hiekmann (Gerolsteiner) in a solo breakaway. With Dirk Müller (Team Sparkasse) coming in second at 27 seconds, it was up to Paride Grillo (Panaria) to lead the bunch home at 41 seconds ahead of Danilo Hondo (Lamonta) and Petacchi.

"Today was the best day for me," said Petacchi. "It seems that I coming back. The stage was hard and I didn't think I would finish. During the race everything was ok and in the finale I tried to do a sprint, without taking a big risk. This fifth position is important for myself, for my morale."