Alessandro Petacchi took the lead in the Tour of Italy after a successful third stage slog from Grado to Valdobbiadene. The sprinter had already taken the second stage.
AFP - Italian Alessandro Petacchi of the LPR team won his second stage in a row to take the lead in the Tour of Italy on Monday after a 198km third stage slog from Grado to Valdobbiadene.
Petacchi made the most of a crash near the front of the peloton around 10km from home that split it in two and distanced many of his sprint rivals.
When it came to the final sprint he surged three bike lengths clear of the field and the late charging American Tyler Farrar could do nothing to catch him.
Italian Francesco Gavazzi finished third on the stage while seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong finished safely in the lead group to move up to fifth in the overall standings.
Date created : 2009-05-11