Alessandro Pettacchi opens the 2008 season with the GP Costa degli Etruschi

Team MILRAM captain looks for fourth consecutive win

Dortmund, 07 February 2008.  Team MILRAM captain Alessandro Petacchi will open his 2008 season on Saturday, February 9, with the GP Costa degli Etruschi.  With a team aimed at a mass sprint finish, the German ProTour team will look for the Italian sprinter star’s fourth consecutive win.

„The first race of the year is always a special one for me,“ MILRAM captain Alessandro Petacchi said.  „The GP Costa degli Etruschi takes place about 100 km from my hometown, so my whole family is there every year.  Of course that gives me extra motivation.  I hope that we can go well-organized into the mass sprint directly at the beginning of the season.  I naturally want to repeat my victory of the last years.“

The GP Costa degli Etruschi takes place this year for the 13th time.  The 193 km course from Donoratico to San Vincenzo runs over two flat round courses in the second half of the race, which traditionally lead to a mass sprint.

Team MILRAM will hold an official press meeting with Alessandro Petacchi at the team hotel on Friday, February 8 at 17:00.

The Team MILRAM line-up:

Alessandro Petacchi (ITA), Volodymyr Diudia (UKR), Matej Jurco (SVK), Martin Muller (GER), Alberto Ongarato (ITA), Marco Velo (ITA), Elia Rigotto (ITA), Fabio Sabatini (ITA), Niki Terpstra (NED).

Directeur Sportif:

Antonio Bevilacqua (ITA).


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