Petacchi wins Paris-Tours 2007
Helped by three times winner Erik Zabel, Alessandro Petacchi outclassed the elite of world sprint to win his second big classic in Paris-Tours.
The 2005 Milan-San Remo winner was too strong for compatriot Francesco Chicchi and Spain's Oscar Freire, who joined him on the podium. It was Italy's first victory on the avenue de Grammont since Andrea Tafi in 2000 and Petacchi's 130th career victory. Ironically, Zabel had beaten Petacchi on the line to win his second Paris-Tours in 2003 before they joined forces in team Milram for the 2007 season.