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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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”

Petacchi wants Mark Cavendish to play the chief lead-out role

It has been reported that Alessandro Petacchi has renewed his contract with Lampre-ISD for another year. The rider also has the intention to have Maark Cavendish as the main lead-out rider for him in the upcoming season.

Petacchi started his professional career back in 1996 with Team Scringo-Blue Storm and stayed there for three years. Then he joined Team Fassa Bortolo in 2000 and rode with them till 2005. He also represented Team Milram from 2006-08 and LPR Brakes-Ballan from 2008-09. Mark Cavendish is riding with Team Sky and has his contract till2014. But it seems that Cavendish is not happy with the team’s special preference for Bradley Wiggins and he expressed his wish to leave the team in 2013.

Unless the British team hands over the release letter to Mark, it is practically impossible for other teams to have a contract with him. There are a number of teams that want the UCI Road World Championship winner of 2011. Omega Pharma-Quick step also showed concern of having him in their team. Now it will be interesting to see how Lampre ISD reacts to Petacchi’s wish.

Petacchi told earlier that he had a chat with Mark during the Criterium du Dauphine and asked him whether it was true that he wanted to leave Team Sky. But the main thing was that, as told by Petacchi, Cavendish didn’t know where he was headed. He also told Mark that if he really wanted to leave the team then he could join him in Lampre.

Petacchi’s last season went really bad as he secured only three stage wins and a point’s classification win in Bayern-Rundfahrt. He is desperately looking to get back to his form as he rides in the Tour of Beijing. His main goal in participating in Beijing is to secure some UCI points before dinishing off the season.