Two time Tour de France podium finisher Romain Bardet has asked Chris Froome not to race until the investigations into him are over. The star cyclist failed drugs tests for an asthma medication during the Tour of Spain.

The four time Tour de France winner, who is gunning for his fifth this year, has denied any wrong doing. He stands to lose his Vuelta a Espana title if found guilty. His urine test last September showed levels of Salbutamol that was over the limit.

Petacchi Compares Gaviria To Sagan

Alessandro Petacchi, the former cyclist, is happy with the performance that Fernando Gaviria is putting at the moment, He believes that the quickstep rider Gaviria is a very good racer and compares him with Peter Sagan.

Gaviria, from Colombia has impressed one and all with this cycling prowess during 2016. He has won stage victories in popular races like the Vuelta a San Juan, the Tour de San Luis, the Tirreno-Adriatico and the Tour de Pologne. He has also won the 2016 edition of the Paris-Tours. With so much of achievement in one year, there is no doubting the ability of the racer and this explains why Alessandro rates him this high.

Petacchi thinks that he is the new Peter Sagan and has heaps of praises for Gaviria. The former Italian sprinter is very much impressed with his cycling skills and his determination to make it big. He has only praise for Gaviria and says that he is a cycling genius. He has got loads of talent and skills to become a great cycling champion one day. Petacchi is really impressed with the way Gaviria moves in the peloton. Continue reading “Petacchi Compares Gaviria To Sagan”


It does not really matter whether you are asthmatic or not. Being an asthma sufferer doesn’t have to hold you back from becoming a great sportsman and going on to achieve a whole lot in the cycling world.

The likes of Michael Phelps and David Beckham are examples of those that have been able to prove themselves in the world of sports despite their asthmatic conditions. However, you would need to be extra careful in what you are taking and how you are taking it as an extra puff from that inhaler cam get you banned.

In 2009, Ryan Napoleon, an Australian swimmer was suspended for three months for using the “wrong” asthma medication. The pharmacist had wrongly labeled the inhaler.

Also in 2007, Alessandro Petacchi an Italian cyclist was banned for a year after he tested positive for salbutamol. Even though he has asthma and possessed a valid therapeutic exemption certificate, he tested positive for 1 320ng/ml of salbutamol while the limit is 1 000ng/ml. Continue reading “CERTAIN ASTHMA MEDICATIONS COULD GET YOU BANNED”


Alessandro Petacchi has been Italy’s best sprinter over the last decade.

He has had one of the most impressive careers, with the most recent when he joined team southeast in 2015, racing through the Giro d’Italia, and winning 22 stages throughout his career with the team.

The 42-year old Italian retired last year, after an appearance in the Giro d’Italia.

“I’m still not well after a virus knocked me out in the Giro d’Italia,” he said.

“To tell the truth, I haven’t touched my bike since June 9 when I hung it up in the garage from the ceiling with the rest of the bikes without wheels,” Petacchi added.

Petacchi had retired earlier, but resurfaced in 2014 to assist in leading out Mark Cavendish in team Omega Pharma-QuickStep.

Petacchi retired for the second time last year, after enjoying a successful career with many victories. In 2010, he counted six stages in the Tour de France, where he won the green points jerseys.

The Spanish grand tour was probably his favorite, which he had won 20 times. The most precious trophy in his cabinet is the Milan-San Remo, and Scheldeprijs and Paris-Tours. Continue reading “PETACCHI SAYS HE WLL PLAY TENNIS UPON RETIREMENT.”

A Peep Into Petacchi’s S-Works Tarmac

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.
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Alessandro Petacchi Plans To Retire

Cycling, like sprinting, is a physically grueling exercise.

Hence, it should not come as a surprise when popular athletes announce their decision to retire. One such name is Alessandro Petacchi. He has announced his retirement from the profession of cycling. Having gained fame initially as an Italian sprinter, he has decided to retire from his cycling career at the age of 41. Fans will recollect many of his wins like the Giro d’Italia in 2003. He has been known as the best sprinter for the past decade. He has announced his retirement recently after he completed the latest Giro d’Italia. He states that the reason is having a viral infection that affected him during the event. He admits that, after the event he has not touched his bikes for the first week of June. Many of his fans remember his more recent cycling events like the Tour of Langkawi where he participated in the year 2015 in stage 4. Continue reading “Alessandro Petacchi Plans To Retire”

Sir Chris Hoy all set to race at the Le Mans 24 hour

Sir Chris Hoy, a well known cycling champion, would step up his journey in motorsport by taking part at the at Le Mans, in June.

The forty year old man from Scotland, who is also the most successful Olympian of United Kingdom, would contend in the 2nd tier at the well known twenty-four hour event.

Chris as well as two teammates would drive a Ligier JS P2 chassis, powered by Nissan, at the Le Mans’ Circuit de la Sarthe. Hoy told that he is not thinking beyond the Le Mans. He is only thinking about getting to the start of the race.

After his retirement from cycling, Hoy took part in the British GT Championship in the year 2014 and participated in the European Le Mans Series previous year, with his team winning the award. In France, his co-drivers would be Briton Michael Munemann and Frenchman Andrea Pizzitola.
The eleven time world track cycling champ along with 7 Olympic medals told that he would not prefer to say that he is Chris – a racing driver. But on his Twitter account, he now has ‘race cars’ at the end of the little list of things. He altered that in the previous week.
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Punching By Petacchi Leads To Furious Energy From Harrif

Mohd Harrif Salleh, the rider of Terengganu Cycling Team stated that his fierceness with Alessandro Petacchi has allegedly made him a punch bag. He points out that Petacchi had punched him in the stage sixth from behind of the Langkawi Tour of 2015 which began from Maran to Karak. The act was according to him completely unprofessional. The incident took place when two kilometre in the final was left with a minimum line margin.

The reason for his punching was that his team’s player was also in the same path. Concentration was disturbed by the action according to Mohd Hariff. He thought of sprinting away but then was also cautious that he would cause the act to be repeated. He feels that if his actions seem to be probable he is going to lose his temper. Another team mate of his team was also punched by other rider which is disgraceful but the name of the rider was not revealed by him.

Report to the commissar of the rider is what he wants to submit. Sebastian Duclos, the coach of TSG is also heralded by this news. Continue reading “Punching By Petacchi Leads To Furious Energy From Harrif”