Alessandro Petacchi has hung his boots as far as professional road racing cycling is concerned.
He retired from the sport last year and this 42 year old Italian is still remembered by cycling enthusiasts for his bikes and his control over them. He last raced for the Wilier Triestina-Southeast team.
Petacchi was an Alpha sprinter and had won over 48 tour stages during his illustrious career. All his major achievements came during the 2000 to 2010 period. He bowed out of the role of the Alpha Sprinter in 2012 and joined Omega Pharma Quick Step as Mark Cavendish’s lead man in 2014. The Petacchi’s bike stood out for all the good reasons and is admired for the extreme set up.
The Italian is about 6 feet tall and hence his bikes are set as track machines. The saddle to handlebar drop is huge at 14cm and its reach is 62.5cm. He has the option to choose any of the zip wheels that he likes, unlike his teammates. Petacchi opts for the 303 tubular. He loves to race with the Tarmac despite having the Vengo aero bike.