Tour de France 2020

Petacchi won’t talk about doping allegations, his lawyer calls accusations ‘too general’

Green jersey winner Alessandro Petacchi is not taking questions about recent doping allegations, which are 'too general,' his lawyer says

Tour de France 2010, Stage 12: With Hushovd in the break, Petacchi loses the green jersey ... for now.
Petacchi got himself through the mountains and finished in Paris with the green jersey — and some doping allegations.

Tour de France green jersey Alessandro Petacchi will not be commenting on an investigation into alleged doping practices, his lawyer said Wednesday.

During the Tour earlier this month it was revealed that Petacchi had been summoned by the public prosecutor in Padova to answer questions regarding the use of banned substances.

The Italian was allowed to continue competing in the Tour, though, and subsequently went on to win the sprinter’s competition.

However his lawyer Virginio Angelini said the Lampre rider has agreed not to say anything.

“We had a meeting yesterday, he wanted to talk but I decided on a strategy of not responding,” said Angelini, who dismissed the accusations against his client as “too general.”

The Italian ANSA news agency, quoting informed sources, previously alleged that two banned substances were found at the 36-year-old’s home — PFC (Perfluorocarbon), an alternative to the banned blood booster EPO, and human serum albumin.

The affair is said to center on two former teammates as well as two other amateur riders.

Petacchi, one of the most successful sprinters of his generation, was suspended for a year after the 2007 Tour of Italy for testing positive for excessive levels of the asthma drug salbutamol.