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Saturday’s EuroFile: Petacchi shuts down Valencia with final stage win, overall victory; Kirchen takes GP de Chiasso

Italian Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo), stamped his final mark of authority on the sixth edition of the Volta Communidad Valencia on Saturday, winning the fifth and final stage and claiming the overall victory to boot. It was the Italian speedster’s third stage win of the Volta. "For me, with my characteristics, it is very difficult to win a small tour like this one, but I have been very fit since the beginning of the season and I knew that I could race a good tour,” Petacchi said. Spain’s Francisco Ventoso (Saunier Duval) was second on the stage, a 149.5km circuit around Valencia,

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By Agence France Presse

Italian Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo), stamped his final mark of authority on the sixth edition of the Volta Communidad Valencia on Saturday, winning the fifth and final stage and claiming the overall victory to boot.

It was the Italian speedster’s third stage win of the Volta.

“For me, with my characteristics, it is very difficult to win a small tour like this one, but I have been very fit since the beginning of the season and I knew that I could race a good tour,” Petacchi said.

Spain’s Francisco Ventoso (Saunier Duval) was second on the stage, a 149.5km circuit around Valencia, with Frenchman Geoffroy Lequatre (Crédit Agricole), second. In the overall, Spain’s Aitor Perez (Spiuk) was second with compatriot Antonio Colom (Illes Balears) third.

Volta Comunidad Valencia
Stage 5

1. Alessandro Petacchi (I), Fassa Bortolo), 149.5 km in 3:22:57
2. Francisco Ventoso (Sp), Saunier Duval, s.t.
3. Geoffroy Lequatre (F), Crédit Agricole, s.t.
4. Constantino Zaballa (Sp), Saunier Duval, s.t.
5. Marco Velo (I), Fassa Bortolo, s.t.
6. Javier Cherro (Sp), Comunidad Valenciana, s.t.
7. Erik Zabel (G), T-Mobile, s.t.
8. Antonio Colom (Sp), Illes Balears, s.t.
9. Luciano Pagliarini (Bra), Liquigas-Bianchi, s.t.
10. Ion Del Rio (Sp), Andalucia-Paul Versan, s.t.

Overall (after 5 of 5 stages)
1. Petacchi, 19:07:31
2. Aitor Perez (Sp), Spiuk, at 0:34
3. Colom, at 0:38
4. Franco Pellizotti (I), Liquigas-Bianchi, s.t.
5. Cherro, at 0:39
6. Xabier Zandio (Sp), Illes Balears, at 0:43
7. David Munoz (Sp), Comunidad Valenciana, at 0:45
8. David Etxebarria (Sp), Liberty Seguros, at 0:46
9. Jose Ruiz (Sp), Andalucia-Paul Versan, s.t.
10. Matthias Kessler (G), T-Mobile, s.t.

Kirchen takes sprint win in GP de Chiasso
Luxembourger Kim Kirchen (Fassa Bortolo) sprinted to victory on Saturday at the Grand Prix de Chiasso in Switzerland.

Kirchen shot across the line in front of Italian Giuliano Figueras (Lampre) and Aussie Michael Rogers (Quick Step) to win the 172.9km race.

Grand Prix de Chiasso
Chiasso, Switerland. February 26

1. Kim Kirchen (Lux), Fassa Bartolo, 172.9km in 4:28:48 (38,593 km/h)
2. Giuliano Figueras (I),Lampre, s.t.
3. Michael Rogers (Aus), Quick Step, s.t.
4. Matej Murgelj (Slo), Liquigas-Bianchi, s.t.
5. Davide Rebellin (I), Gerolsteiner, s.t.