MILRAM captain Erik Zabel kicks off the season with a third place in

 20 February 2008. MILRAM sprinting star Alessandro Petacchi was strongest in the mass sprint that concluded the fourth stage of the Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista Del Sol (17.02. – 21.02. / UCI 2.1). Thanks to an impressing team effort, the 34-four-year-old was able to repeat yesterday’s success on the 173.4 km long stage from La Guardia Da Jaén to Ecija. Places two and three went to Borut Bozic from Slovenia (Cycle Collstrop) and former MILRAM pro Sebastian Siedler
(Skil-Shimano) from Germany.

“My team prepared this victory in perfect fashion,” a happy Alessandro Petacchi said. „I want to thank my team mates, who worked very hard today for this success.”

“After the first two hapless stages we are very happy to be rewarded with the second victory in a row,” MILRAM pro Christian Knees explained. “We were in control of the race for the whole of the stage,and worked together very well in the mass sprint.”

At the beginning of the race, a five-man breakaway got away from the field. Team MILRAM and Team Caisse d’Epargne with overall leader Pablo Lastras Garcia controlled the race and closed the gap with 1.5 km to go. In the final sprint, the MILRAM express brought their captain Alessandro Petacchi into position. The Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista Del Sol’s last stage leads from Antequera to Cordoba on Thursday 21. February, with a total length of 154.6 km.

The MILRAM line-up in Andalucia:

Igor Astarloa (ESP),Volodymir Diudia (UKR), Christian Knees (GER), Brett Lancaster (AUS), Alberto Ongarato, Alessandro Petacchi, Marco Velo (alle ITA). Directeur

Sportif: Antonio Bevilaqua

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