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Memorial Viviana Manservisi 'dalla pianura alle valli' - 1.1

Italy, September 20, 2007

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Petacchi returns on home soil with win

Italian Alessandro Petacchi, 34, wins the Memorial Viviana Manservisi – his first race on home soil since his suspension
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Alessandro Petacchi of Team LPR Brakes returned with a win in the Memorial Viviana Manservisi – his first race on home soil since his suspension for Salbutamol, on May 6. The 34 year-old Italian from La Spezia bettered CSF Group's Maximiliano Richeze and NGC Medical's Enrico Rossi in the bunch kick to the finish line in Comacchio, Ferrara.

The 192.2-kilometre race started in Sant'Agostino and shortly after, kilometre 18, a move of three formed. Ukrainian Vladimir Duma (Ceramica Flaminia-Bossini Docce), Swiss Roger Beuchat (Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli) and Russian Vladislav Borisov (Amore & Vita-McDonald's) gained 5:40 by kilometre 80. The worked of Petacchi's LPR Brakes team saw the gap closed by kilometre 169.

"I am coming off a long period of rest. Definitely, I am fresh and also very content with ASO's Paris-Tours invitation," said Petacchi, according to a team press release. "I wanted to understand how I am going following the cold I had in Britain and a week on antibiotics."

Petacchi will lead Team LPR Brakes in the sprinters' classics, Paris-Tours, this October 12. He won the French race last year. (GB)


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1 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) LPR Brakes
2 Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) CSF Group Navigare
3 Enrico Rossi (Ita) NGC Medical-OTC Industria Porte

Past Winners

2007 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Lampre - Fondital                          
2006 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Lampre-Fondital
2005 Guillermo Ruben Bongiorno (Arg) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare
2004 Krzyszof Szczawinski (Pol) ICET