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31st Internationale Niedersachsen Rundfahrt - 2.1

Germany, April 25-29, 2007

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Stage 1 - April 25: Wallenhorst - Bremen, 161.1 km

Niedersachsen belongs to Petacchi

By Susan Westemeyer

Alessandro Petacchi picked up right where he left off last year, winning the first stage of the Niedersachsen Rundfahrt in Bremen, Germany, home of his team sponsor Milram. He took the sprint ahead of Rabobank's Graeme Browne and Tiziano Dall Antonia of Panaria. In 2006 Petacchi won all five of the race's stages.

"This victory is really important for me and my team," said Ale-Jet after the race. "We've put a bad phase behind us. Several crashes took away strong and experienced riders from our team. But it's also important to me because I missed being victorious; it is such a beautiful feeling.

The Italian supersprinter had a hard time this spring. "I had a lot of doubts, but all the same I knew that it was just a question of time," he continued. "I rested and trained at home specifically to get back my strength and explosiveness. I don't claim to be back to where I was before, but I'm on the right path. My team was super again; I must especially thank Zabel who led me out in the last metres with his usual class and experience."

His teammate and ace sprinter Erik Zabel was happy to have done the job for the Italian. "We all worked for Alessandro today and it finally worked out," said Zabel. He finished ninth on the stage, "but that's secondary. More important was the success today."

The final sprint was marred by a four-man crash about 100 meters before the finish line. Wiesenhof's sprinter Olaf Pollack was taken directly to the hospital with a broken collarbone.

40 km into the race on a hot, summery day, a foursome of Ronny Scholz (Gerolsteiner), Clement Lhotellerie (Skil Shimano), Björn Papstein (3C Gruppe-Lamonta) and Richard Faltus (Sparkasse) broke away and built up to a three and a half minute lead. That was enough for Milram, which led the chase and caught the four escapees about 10 km before the finish.


1 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Team Milram                   3.29.51 (46.06 km/h)
2 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank                                    
3 Tiziano Dall'Antonia (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare           
4 André Greipel (Ger) T-Mobile Professional Cycling              
5 Aaron Kemps (Aus) Astana                                       
6 Kenny Van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano                            
7 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana                                     
8 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Gerolsteiner                           
9 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Milram                                   
10 Thomas Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner                              
11 Paride Grillo (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                 
12 Lado Fumic (Ger) German National Team                         
13 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Thüringer Energie Team                    
14 Oleg Grishkine (Rus) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team        
15 Pedro Horrillo Munoz (Spa) Rabobank                           
16 René Obst (Ger) Team 3C-Gruppe Lamonta                        
17 Peter Möhlmann (Ned) Team Regiostrom-Senges                   
18 Ruben Guillermo Bongiorno (Arg) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare     
19 Max Van Heeswijk (Ned) Rabobank                               
20 Daniel Becke (Ger) Thüringer Energie Team                     
21 Elnathan Heizmann (Ger) Team 3C-Gruppe Lamonta                
22 Karsten Hess (Ger) Thüringer Energie Team                     
23 Jonas Owaczarek (Ger) Team Sparkasse                          
24 Stefan Ganser (Ger) Team Regiostrom-Senges                    
25 Alexey Kolessov (Kaz) Astana                                  
26 Benjamin Brooks (Aus) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team       
27 Masahiro Shinagawa (Jpn) Skil-Shimano                         
28 Hilton Clarke (Aus) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team         
29 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) T-Mobile Professional Cycling             
30 David Deroo (Fra) Skil-Shimano                                
31 Jochen Käß (Ger) German National Team                         
32 Benoît Joachim (Lux) Astana                                   
33 Kristian House (GBr) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team        
34 Evgenyi Sladkov (Kaz) Astana                                  
35 Christoph Meschenmoser (Ger) Skil-Shimano                     
36 André Korff (Ger) T-Mobile Professional Cycling               
37 Philipp Klein (Ger) Thüringer Energie Team                    
38 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) T-Mobile Professional Cycling           
39 Sven Krauss (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                
40 Daniel Musiol (Ger) Team Wiesenhof Felt                       
41 Andreas Klier (Ger) T-Mobile Professional Cycling             
42 Stephan Parinussa (Ger) Team Sparkasse                        
43 Matteo Priamo (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                 
44 Tobias Erler (Ger) Team 3C-Gruppe Lamonta                     
45 Leon Van Bon (Ned) Rabobank                                   
46 Tim Klessa (Ger) Team Regiostrom-Senges                       
47 Bert Grabsch (Ger) T-Mobile Professional Cycling              
48 Maxim Gourov (Kaz) Astana                                     
49 Tilo Schüler (Ger) Team Sparkasse                             
50 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank                               
51 Dennis Pohl (Ger) Heinz von Heiden Focus                      
52 Gerben Löwik (Ned) Rabobank                                   
53 Rick Flens (Ned) Rabobank                                     
54 Leif Lampater (Ger) German National Team                      
55 Richard Faltus (Cze) Team Sparkasse                           
56 Mauricio Ardila (Col) Rabobank                                
57 Henning Bommel (Ger) German National Team                     
58 Mathias Russ (Ger) Gerolsteiner                               
59 Martin Hebik (Cze) Heinz von Heiden Focus                     
60 Eric Baumann (Ger) T-Mobile Professional Cycling              
61 Philipp Mamos (Ger) Team Sparkasse                            
62 Christoph Von Kleinsorgen (Ger) Heinz von Heiden Focus        
63 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram                             
64 Domenik Klemme (Ger) Team 3C-Gruppe Lamonta                   
65 Jörg Ludewig (Ger) Team Wiesenhof Felt                        
66 Michael Wolf (USA) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team          
67 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Thüringer Energie Team                  
68 Filippo Savini (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                
69 Sören Hofmann (Ger) Team 3C-Gruppe Lamonta                    
70 Björn Papstein (Ger) Team 3C-Gruppe Lamonta                   
71 Lucas Schädlich (Ger) Thüringer Energie Team                  
72 Matthias Hahn (Ger) Thüringer Energie Team                    
73 Christian Müller (Ger) Skil-Shimano                           
74 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano                              
75 Volker Ordowski (Ger) Gerolsteiner                            
76 Malaya Van Ruitenbeek (Ned) Team Regiostrom-Senges            
77 Corey Sweet (Aus) Team Regiostrom-Senges                      
78 Clement Lhotellerie (Fra) Skil-Shimano                        
79 Steffen Radochla (Ger) Team Wiesenhof Felt                    
80 Andreas Beikirch (Ger) Team Sparkasse                         
81 Christian Leben (Ger) Team Wiesenhof Felt                     
82 Florian Frohn (Ger) Thüringer Energie Team                    
83 Holger Sievers (Ger) Team 3C-Gruppe Lamonta                   
84 Hans-Jürgen Juretzek (Ger) Team Regiostrom-Senges             
85 Manuel Fumic (Ger) German National Team                       
86 Francesco Tomei (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare               
87 Ronny Scholz (Ger) Gerolsteiner                               
88 Lars Wackernagel (Ger) Team Sparkasse                         
89 Jason Phillips (Aus) Heinz von Heiden Focus                   
90 Julien Mazet (Fra) Astana                                     
91 Roman Jördens (Ger) Heinz von Heiden Focus                    
92 Robert Bartko (Ger) German National Team                      
93 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Team Milram                              
94 Tomoya Kano (Jpn) Skil-Shimano                                
95 Torsten Schmidt (Ger) Team Wiesenhof Felt                     
96 Felix Gniot (Ger) Heinz von Heiden Focus                      
97 Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team Sparkasse                      
98 David O'loughlin (Irl) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team      
99 Andrea Pagoto (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                 
100 Ralf Grabsch (Ger) Team Milram                               
101 Daren Lill (RSA) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team           
102 Robert Bengsch (Ger) German National Team                    
103 Wolfram Wiese (Ger) Team Regiostrom-Senges                   
104 Carlo Westphal (Ger) Gerolsteiner                            
105 Guido Fulst (Ger) German National Team                       
106 Enrico Poitschke (Ger) Team Milram                           
107 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Team Milram                             
108 Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Team Milram                           
109 Bernard Van Ulden (USA) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team    
110 Björn Glasner (Ger) Team Regiostrom-Senges                   
111 Serge Herz (Ger) Heinz von Heiden Focus                      
112 Matthias Friedemann (Ger) Team 3C-Gruppe Lamonta             
113 Dimitry Muravyev (Kaz) Astana                            0.50
114 Felix Odebrecht (Ger) Team Wiesenhof Felt                1.20
115 Richard Geng (Ger) Heinz von Heiden Focus                1.34
116 Robert Wagner (Ger) Team Wiesenhof Felt                      
117 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Gerolsteiner                               
118 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) T-Mobile Professional Cycling     2.25