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Petacchi gets beaten in today's sprint, and how about Thomas Dekker...is he only 20 years old? One to watch for sure.
 

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Petacchi gets beaten in today's sprint, and how about Thomas Dekker...is he only 20 years old? One to watch for sure.
Bertagnolli has been coming on for a couple of years now. Looking at the results, I suspect it was another difficult finish. There seem to be a good number of the fast finishing classics-types rider near the front and less of the pure sprinters. Bertagnolli looked very strong on the finish that Freire won on stage 3 but jumped way too early and faded badly before the line.
 

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Just watched it...

Bertagnolli actually attacked about 500 meters from the line and opened up a huge gap. It only looked close in the results because he sat up to celebrate and allowed the what was left of the field to close the gap. Very fast, power climb up to the line. Boogerd looked very strong and led the field up the climb for several kms stringing it out and dropping lots of riders. I think Petacchi is in excellent form, winning the sprint for second on that kind of finish shows it.
 

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True, now that we have the details!

And Petacchi finishing ahead of (a truly born-again) Astarloa on a technical uphill sprint is a good result.

Oh, and Dekker is 21. :p
 

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Spunout said:
True, now that we have the details!

And Petacchi finishing ahead of (a truly born-again) Astarloa on a technical uphill sprint is a good result.

Oh, and Dekker is 21. :p
Dekker has been killing it for years. First in the junior ranks, and then in the U23 ranks. He's still got lots of time to crank it up even more.

Before anyone asks, no he's not related to Erik.
 
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