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Mirco Lorenzetto used to lead out Alessandro Petacchi; now he’s beating him.
The Lampre sprinter dashed to his second consecutive victory in the Giro di Sardegna on Wednesday, winning stage 2 and taking the overall lead in the five-day Italian stage race.
A day after beating Petacchi in Tuesday’s opener, Lorenzetto out-kicked Daniele Bennati (Liquigas) to win the 164km stage from Porto Torres to Santu Lussurgiu.
Lorenzetto — who rode with Petacchi at Milram until joining Lampre in 2008 — carries the leader’s jersey into Thursday’s 173.2km third stage from Oristano to Tortolí.
1. Mirco Lorenzetto (Lampre-NGC), 164km in 4:10:21 (39.305 km/h)
2. Daniele Bennati (Liquigas)
3. Jesus Del Nero Montes (Fuji-Servetto)
4. Alessandro Petacchi (LPR-Farnese Vini
5. Tiziano Dall’Antonia (CSF Group-Navigare)
6. Manuel Belletti (Serr. PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli)
7. Pasquale Muto (Miche Silver Cross)
8. Maurizio Biondo (Ceramica Flaminia-Bossini Docce)
9. Marco Frapporti (CSF Group-Navigare)
10. Rodrigo Garcia Rena (Miche-Silver Cross)