Petacchi to race in Italy

Petacchi & Ongarato

Petacchi & Ongarato (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Alessandro Petacchi, who has been out of action since he fractured his hand in a fit of anger after stage 15 of the Tour of Spain, will get back on the bike for the Trofeo Città di Borgomanero on October 15th. Petacchi will pair up with his Milram teammate Alberto Ongarato for the 52 km long two-man time trial event. Also on the start list are new world champions Paolo Bettini and Fabian Cancellara, and Sergei Gonchar, who held leaders' jerseys in both this year's Giro d'Italia and Tour de France.

Petacchi's season, cut short by a break to his kneecap in May, was re-started in September's Vuelta a Espana only to be stopped again after he hit a team bus after stage 15 and broke a bone in his hand. He will have this one last race to enjoy before taking his winter vacation.

Teams for Trofeo Città di Borgomanero:

Paolo Bettini - Matteo Tosatto (Quick Step)
Fabian Cancellara - Andrea Peron (CSC)
Danilo Di Luca - Alessandro Spezialetti (Liquigas)
Vincenzo Nibali - Roman Krueziger (Liquigas)
Luca Paolini - Stefano Zanini (Liquigas)
Franco Pellizotti - Andrea Noe' (Liquigas)
Rinaldo Nocentini - Andrea Tonti (Acqua&Sapone)
Fabio Sacchi - Marco Velo (Milram)
Leonardo Bertagnolli - Cristian Moreni (Cofidis)
Serghei Gontchar - Eddy Mazzoleni (T-Mobile)
Ruslan Pidgornyy - Gabriele Bosisio (Tenax)
Mauro Gerosa - Denis Shkarpeta (Miche)
Paolo Longo Borghini - Maurizio Varini (Ceramica Flaminia)
Alessandro Ballan - Daniele Bennati (Lampre)
Sylwester Szmyd - Marc Marzano (Lampre)
Paolo Bailetti - Raffaele Ferrara (Androni Giocattoli)
Alberto Ongarato - Alessandro Petacchi (Milram)

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