With Alessandro Petacchi's surprise announcement yesterday of his retirement what better time to look back at the career of one of the sport's most victorious riders of the last 15 years with some of the best photos from the archives.
Even if he considers 2006 as perhaps his worst season ever, Alessandro Petacchi is still considered the best sprinter in the world. We first talked to him in 2003, a few months before his launch into sprinting super-stardom, and we reconnected after the 2007 Giro presentation in Milano. We find him confident, relaxed, and very much in love with his wife Chiara…
Alessandro Petacchi has proclaimed long and loud that there just aren’t enough chances for the sprinters in this year’s mountain-fest of a Giro d’ Italia. That meant the pressure was on the Milram man to make this one stick, but with 197 kilometres between Mons and Charleoi, there was plenty that could go wrong for Ale-Jet.
It’s 4:23PM at the Stage 18 TT in Torino, the heat is melting the pavement, and Simoni just left the start house. The past few days have been action-packed as ever, but today was extra-special as we followed Alessandro Petacchi through his entire TT ride – and got the pics to prove it!