Stoic Petacchi confirms Tour absence; aims to return for Vuelta

By Tim Maloney, European Editor

After riding the last 47 kilometers of the Giro's stage 3 Monday in major pain from his left knee to finish 15 minutes behind the winner, a stoic Alessandro Petacchi and his Milram team doctor went to the emergency room at Namur Hospital that evening for an x-ray, which revealed that the super-sprinter had a vertical crack one centimeter from the edge of his left kneecap. Petacchi had a half-cast applied in Namur and then headed back to his team hotel.

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