Petacchi lands Giro stage win - at last

The 88th edition of the Giro d'Italia returned to the traditional script yesterday as Fassa Bortolo led out super sprinter Alessandro Petacchi to the stage victory he's been chasing ever since the race began, ten eventful days before in Reggio Calabria.

The day's early action involved Sven Krauss (Gerolsteiner), Mads Christensen (Quick.Step) and Eric Baumann (T-Mobile) who escaped after just a kilometer and built a three and a half minute lead before Baumann fell off the pace. Nineteen kilometers from the end of the 139km stage the Fassa-powered peloton scooped up Christensen and Krauss.

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