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Alessandro Petacchi
Petacchi pictured on 16 August 2006
Petacchi pictured on 16 August 2006
Personal information
Full name Alessandro Petacchi
Nickname Ale-Jet
Date of birth 3 January 1974 (1974-01-03) (age 36)
Country  Italy
Height 1.84 m (6 ft +12 in)
Weight 73 kg (160 lb; 11.5 st)
Team information
Current team Lampre-Farnese Vini
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Sprinter
Professional team(s)1
Scrigno-Blue Storm
Fassa Bortolo
Team Milram
LPR Brakes-Ballan
Lampre-Farnese Vini
Major wins
Tour de France, 4 stages
Giro d'Italia, 21 stages & 1 points jerseys
Vuelta a España, 19 stages & 1 points jersey
Milan-Sanremo (2005)
Paris-Tours (2007)
Infobox last updated on:
15 July 2009

1 Team names given are those prevailing
at time of rider beginning association with that team.

Rund um den Henninger Turm (2006)
Alessandro Petacchi winning the 2005 Milan-Sanremo.

Alessandro Petacchi (born 3 January 1974 in La Spezia, Liguria) is an Italian professional road racing cyclist for Lampre-Farnese Vini.



Petacchi turned professional in 1996, and rode for a number of teams. In 2006 he moved to Team Milram with sprinters, Erik Zabel, following the disbanding of his Fassa Bortolo. His explosive speed won him stages in all three of the Grand Tours. In 2004 he won a record nine stages at the Giro d'Italia, which resulted in winning the maglia ciclamino for topping the points classification. He won his first classic in 2005, Milan-Sanremo.

He withdrew from the 2006 Giro d'Italia after crashing during the third stage. He he had finished the stage with a broken kneecap.[1]. In 2007, he won five stages in the 2007 Giro d'Italia, bringing his tally of ProTour victories to 21 and making him the rider with most UCI ProTour victories.

Doping allegations

After a non-negative result for the asthma drug salbutamol, which Petacchi had clearance to use, he was placed on non-active status and missed the 2007 Tour de France.[2] Petacchi was absolved when the Italian Cycling Federation ruled that overuse of Salbutamol was human error.[3]

On 6 May 2008, the Court of Arbitration for Sport banned Petacchi until the end of August, applied retroactively from November. It said all competitive results obtained during the 2007 Giro d'Italia shall be disqualified with all of the resulting consequences including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes. Results after 31 October 2007 and during his ban were disqualified. The court said Petacchi had not intended to cheat and that it was likely that he had inadvertently consumed too much medication, but he had not exercised "utmost caution."[4] The case was considered controversial,[5] as it kept Petacchi from starting the Tour de France as he had planned[6] and for the court ruling that he should be suspended despite acknowledging that he had not cheated. Petacchi maintained that he had done no wrong.[7]

As a result of this, on 16 May 2008, Petacchi was fired by Team Milram.[8]. After his suspension he joined LPR Brakes-Ballan.

LPR Brakes and beyond

After winning a few minor races in 2008 Petacchi started 2009 strongly by winning the Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen semi-classic race. He was selected to ride the Giro d'Italia and won the second and third stages, taking the pink jersey.[9]

Petacchi signed with Lampre-Farnese Vini for the 2010 season.[10]


1 stage Tour de Langkawi
Stages 8 & 12, Vuelta a España
2 stages & GC Giro della Provincia di Lucca
2 stages Tour de Luxembourg
2 stages Route du Sud
1 stage Regio Tour
2 stages Settimana Lombarda
1 stage Euskal Bizikleta
1 stage Tour of Poland
1 stage Settimana Coppi & Bartali
Stage 12, Vuelta a España
Stage 1 & 5, Paris-Nice
3 stages Vuelta Valenciana
3 stages Settimana Coppi & Bartali
1 stage Tour Méditerranéen
1 stage Regio Tour
1 stage Ronde van Nederland
Tour de France:
Winner stages 2, 3, 5 & 6
Giro d'Italia:
Winner stages 1, 5, 6, 13, 16 & 17
Vuelta a España:
Winner stages 3, 5, 12, 14 & 21
Stage 1, Paris-Nice
3 stages Vuelta a Aragón
2 stages Ronde van Nederland
1 stage Vuelta Valenciana
Trofeo Luis Puig
Giro d'Italia:
Winner Maglia ciclamino (Points classification)
Winner Most Combative classification
Winner Azzurri d'Italia classification
Winner stages 2, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16 and 21
Vuelta a España:
Winner stages 2, 4, 7 and 13
Stages 1, 2 & 7, Tirreno-Adriatico
2 stages Giro della Provincia di Lucca
2 stages Vuelta a Aragón
1 stage Ronde van Nederland
Giro d'Italia:
Winner stages 10, 13, 16 and 21
Vuelta a España:
Winner Points Classification
Winner stages 3, 4, 8, 12 and 21
Stages 1, 6 & 7 Tirreno-Adriatico
Stages 1 & 2 Tour de Romandie
3 stages & GC Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
GP Costa Degli Etruschi
Trofeo Luis Puig
2 stages Vuelta a Andalucía
2 stages Vuelta a Aragón
Stage 7 & Points Classification Tirreno-Adriatico
GP Costa Degli Etruschi
Giro della Provincia di Lucca
5 stages & GC Internationale Niedersachsen-Rundfahrt
2 stages Ruta del Sol
2 stages Vuelta Valenciana
GP Costa Degli Etruschi
3 stages & GC Internationale Niedersachsen-Rundfahrt
3 stages & GC Volta ao Algarve
1 stage Vuelta Valenciana
1 stage Regio Tour
Vuelta a España:
Winner stages 11, 12
Tour of Britain:
Winner stages 1, 6, 8
Memorial Viviana Manservisi
GP Beghelli
Gran Premio della Costa Etruschi
1st, Stage 5, Giro di Sardegna
1st, Stage 2, Tirreno-Adriatico
Settimana Ciclista Lombarda:
1st, Stage 1 Team Time Trial
1st, Stage 2
1st, Stage 4
Grote Scheldeprijs
Giro di Toscana
Giro d'Italia:
1st, Stages 2, 3
1st, Stage 1, Delta Tour Zeeland
1st, stage 2, Giro della Provincia di Reggio Calabria
1st, Gran Premio della Costa Etruschi
2nd Stage 3
2nd Stage 7

See also


  1. ^ "Petacchi upbeat after operation". BBC. 2006-05-10. Retrieved 2010-01-01. 
  2. ^ "Sidelined Petacchi facing 12 month suspension". 2007-07-05. Retrieved 2007-07-05. 
  3. ^ "Petacchi absolved of doping blame". 2007-07-24. Retrieved 2007-07-24. 
  4. ^ "Alessandro Petacchi suspended until 31 August 2008". 2008-05-06. Retrieved 2008-05-06. 
  5. ^ Andrew Canning (2008-03-26). "Alessandro Petacchi: Rider Profile". VeloNews. Retrieved 2009-11-23. 
  6. ^ Antonio J. Salmerón (2007-06-27). "Petacchi heard by CONI over Salbutamol use". Cycling News. Retrieved 2009-11-23. 
  7. ^ Greg Johnson (2008-05-21). "Petacchi: I remain a winner". Cycling News. Retrieved 2009-11-23. 
  8. ^ "Alessandro Petacchi leaves Milram after drug ruling by CAS". International Herald Tribune. 2008-05-16. Retrieved 2008-05-16. 
  9. ^ Silenzio! Oh Ale-Jet, how good can you get?
  10. ^ Gregor Brown (2009-08-24). "Petacchi signs with Lampre-NGC". Cycling News. Retrieved 2009-09-02. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Óscar Freire
Winner of Milan-Sanremo
Succeeded by
Filippo Pozzato


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