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Deja Vu all over again at Valencia

Fassa Bortolo's red-hot sprinter Alessandro Petacchi won his third straight stage of the Tour of Valencia, a 157.9 kilometer run from Castellon to Segorbe, on Thursday. Like his earlier two victories of the week, Petacchi charged to the line, winning a tough sprint, this time at the head of a group of 38 riders as the charged to the finish at the end of , a 157.5km stage from Castellon to Segorbe. The stage was marked by a series of unsuccessful escape attempts, particularly on the day’s climbs: the Category 1 Eslida; Montana Toras (Cat. 3), Sacanet (Cat. 2) and Montemayor (Cat. 3). The

Does this look familiar? Pettachi makes it three straight

Does this look familiar? Pettachi makes it three straight

Photo: Graham Watson

Fassa Bortolo’s red-hot sprinter Alessandro Petacchi won his third straight stage of the Tour of Valencia, a 157.9 kilometer run from Castellon to Segorbe, on Thursday.

Like his earlier two victories of the week, Petacchi charged to the line, winning a tough sprint, this time at the head of a group of 38 riders as the charged to the finish at the end of , a 157.5km stage from Castellon to Segorbe.

The stage was marked by a series of unsuccessful escape attempts, particularly on the day’s climbs: the Category 1 Eslida; Montana Toras (Cat. 3), Sacanet (Cat. 2) and Montemayor (Cat. 3).

The final break, a large group including Spaniard Melchor Mauri and Russian Dimitri Konychev, appeared bound for a win, when the group was caught just three kilometers from the finish.

Results

Third Stage:
1. Alessandro Petacchi (I), Fassa Bortolo, 159.5km in 4:08:19 (38.54kph),; 2. Marcus Zberg (Sui); s.t.
3. Ivan Basso (Ita); 4. Alexandre Vinokourov (Kzk); 5. Samuel Sanchez (Esp); 6. Massimiliano Lelli (Ita); 7. Oscar Freire (Esp); 8. Erik Zabel (All); 9. Guido Trenti (I); 10. Danilo Di Luca (Ita), all s.t.

OTHERS:
11. Axel Merckx (Bel), s.t. 13. Michael Boogerd (Nl); 16. Alex Zülle (Sui); 19. Erik Dekker (Nl); 37. Fernando Escartin (Sp), all s.t. 55. Levy Leipheimer (USA), at 0:15; 79. Richard Virenque (Fra), at 1:04.

Overall after three stages:
1. Alessandro Petacchi (Ita/Fasso Bortolo), 12:42:16;
2. Erik Zabel (G); 3. Angel Vicioso (Sp); 4. Erik Dekker (Nl); 5. Samuel Sanchez (Sp); 6. Jose Alberto Martinez (Sp); 7. Axel Merckx (B); 8. Alexandre Botcharov (Rus); 9. Antonio Colom (Sp); 10. Javier Pascual Rodriguez (Sp), all s.t.

16. Alexandre Vinokourov (Kzk), at 0:08; 26. Michael Boogerd (Nl), s.t.; 34. Alex Zülle (Swi), at 0:28; 40. Fernando Escartin (Sp), s.t.; 47. Andreas Kloeden (G), at 0:40; 59. Levy Leipheimer (USA), at 0:43; 76. Richard Virenque (F), at 1:32; 78. Stefano Garzelli (I), at 1:33; 89. Oscar Freire (Sp), at 1:53; 111. Angel Casero (Sp), at 8:41; 114. Mario Cipollini (I), at 9:01; 130. Romans Vainsteins (Lat), at 18:47.