Petacchi back to his best

With a powerful kick to come off Paride Grillo's wheel with 150m to go, Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo) claimed his second win in this year's Giro, bringing the McEwen/Petacchi bunch sprint score to 3/2. As was the case in Stage 9 in Ravenna, McEwen wasn't able to get himself into position to challenge Petacchi and his silver train, and had to do it the hard way in the last 400 metres to eventually finish 6th. In third place behind Petacchi and Grillo was the Illes Balears sprinter Isaac Galvez, who is proving himself to be one of the most consistent sprinters in this Giro.

"It was a great sprint," commented Petacchi post-stage. "Today we showed we have a excellent train. I saw I had no shadows behind me so I think I won well. I took advantage of the long sprint of Grillo, who made a nice move. Today I was in pain all day, yesterday's stage was still in the legs. It wasn't a walk."

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