FOCUS ON: ALESSANDRO PETACCHI

If you are interested in the thrilling sport of cycling on the road, Alessandro Petacchi must be a familiar name to you.

As an Italian road racing cyclist, this 38 year old rides professionally for Lampre-ISD. As a specialist sprinter, Alessandro Petacchi has won around 51 grand tour stages with significant wins in the Giro d'Italia in 2004, the thrilling Vuelta a España in 2005 and the prestigious Tour de France in 2010.

Having turned into a professional in 1996, and after riding for many teams, in 2006, he joined team Milram. With an explosive speed he won the Grand Tours and later the Giro d'Italia. In 2005, he won the first classic of his career- the Milan – San Remo.

In 2007 alessandro petacchi won Giro d'Italia, which made Tour victories to 21. This also made him the rider with maximum number of UCI ProTour victories. However in this same year, he was accused for doping and was banned with a disqualification of his results achieved from cycling. The court had given a verdict later that he had consumed his legal asthma drug more than required and is not on the wrong side of doping. The case was controversial, and though Petacchi kept numb about the incident, he was fired from his team.

In 2008 Alessandro Petacchi won minor races and in 2009, he came back with a win in Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen semi-classic race. He had also won Giro di Sardegna, Gran Premio della Costa Etruschi, Settimana Ciclista Lombarda, Giro di Toscana and many events to name a few. In 2010, he also emerged as a winner of Tour de France. He is the first Italian since 1968 to have won the points classification in the Tour de France. Alessandro Petacchi is a veteran cyclist of all time and is an institution for the newcomers.