Petacchi makes it three

You can't keep a good sprinter down, and although Alessandro Petacchi took nine stages to win his first Giro bunch sprint, he has now notched up three stage wins after taking out a very wet 15th stage in Livigno. Once again, Petacchi was piloted to the finish by his Fassa Bortolo train, and with fewer rivals to contend with, he could afford to lead out early and win the stage by a bike length from Erik Zabel (T-Mobile) and Paolo Bettini (Quick.Step), the latter taking over the points jersey from Danilo Di Luca, and also the Intergiro jersey from Sven Krauss.

How it unfolded

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