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Fractured kneecap knocks Petacchi out of Giro

Sprint ace Alessandro Petacchi is out of the Giro d’Italia after fracturing his left kneecap during a fall in Monday’s stage to Namur in Belgium. The Milram speedsters, who has 19 career stage wins in the Giro, may be out of the Tour de France as well, a team spokesman said. "The doctors did not say how long he would be out for," said the spokesperson. "We will have to wait for the next examination in Italy. However, it looks almost certain he will not be fit for the Tour de France." Earlier, the 32-year-old sprinter had tried to sound optimistic about his chances of making it through

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By Agence France Presse

Sprint ace Alessandro Petacchi is out of the Giro d’Italia after fracturing his left kneecap during a fall in Monday’s stage to Namur in Belgium.

The Milram speedsters, who has 19 career stage wins in the Giro, may be out of the Tour de France as well, a team spokesman said.

“The doctors did not say how long he would be out for,” said the spokesperson. “We will have to wait for the next examination in Italy. However, it looks almost certain he will not be fit for the Tour de France.”

Earlier, the 32-year-old sprinter had tried to sound optimistic about his chances of making it through Tuesday’s stage, which is followed by a rest day on Wednesday.

“I fell and hurt my knee. I felt the pain immediately. My knee swelled up, perhaps because of the cold, and I struggled after that,” said Petacchi. “In the final stages I was able to step it up a bit which gives me some hope.

“I want to be there at the start line on Tuesday.”

Instead, Petacchi’s race is over, and he will return to Italy onTuesday to undergo an operation.