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2nd Settimana Ciclistica Internazionale Coppi-Bartali - 2.3
Italy, March 26-30, 2002
Stage 2 - March 27: Riccione-Faenza, 197 km
Petacchi continues winning streak
The second stage of the Settimana Coppi-Bartali has ended in another sprint victory to Fassa Bortolo's Alessandro Petacchi. The 28 year old has been on fire so far this season, winning eight races already. Today he beat home Daniele Bennati (Acqua e Sapone) and Jan Bratkowski (Cage Maglierie), therefore maintaining the leader's jersey that he won yesterday.
The windy 197 kilometre stage from Riccione to Faenza saw a group of 35 riders escape, with a strong representation from Fassa Bortolo. Roberto Petito gave Petacchi the final leadout, who obliged by starting his sprint with 250 metres to go. Although a little early, Petacchi kicked again at 150 to go to win the stage.
"These last two victories have certainly shown me my mistake last week leading up to San Remo," he said. "I was tired already after 100 kilometres, a sign of overtraining. I did too much, riding 230 kilometres on a day that I should have rested...The next day I raced, I lacked the explosiveness."
Petacchi was very happy with his team, congratulating them before outlining his future plans. These include the Driedaagse Van De Panne, Ronde Van Vlaanderen, Gent-Wevelgem and of course the Giro d'Italia.
Photo's by Fotoreporter Sirotti
1 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 5.06.13 2 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Acqua e Sapone 3 Jan Bratkowski (Ger) Cage Maglierie 4 Peter Luttenberger (Aut) Tacconi Sport 5 Elio Aggiano (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step 6 Giuliano Figueras (Ita) Ceramiche Panaria-Fiordo 7 Oscar Cavagnis (Ita) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago 8 Ruslan Ivanov (Mda) Alessio 9 Lorenzo Bernucci (Ita) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago 10 Gerhard Trampusch (Aut) Mapei-Quick Step 11 Bo Hamburger (Den) Index-Alexia 12 Dario Frigo (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Vini Caldirola 13 Roberto Petito (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 14 Ruggero Marzoli (Ita) Mobilvetta Design-Formaggi Trentini 15 Gilles Bouvard (Fra) Jean-Delatour 16 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 17 Yaroslav Popovich (Ukr) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago 18 Fausto Dotti (Ita) Cage Maglierie 19 Kyrylo Pospyeyev (Ukr) Acqua e Sapone 20 Daniele Righi (Ita) Index-Alexia General classification after stage 2 1 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 7.42.31 2 Elio Aggiano (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step 0.08 3 Gerhard Trampusch (Aut) Mapei-Quick Step 4 Dario David Cioni (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step 5 Luca Scinto (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step 6 Roberto Petito (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 0.10 7 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 8 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 9 Nicola Loda (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 10 Massimo Codol (Ita) Lampre-Daikin 0.12