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Last Updated: Thursday, 18 September, 2003, 16:16 GMT 17:16 UK
Petacchi denies Zabel
Alessandro Petacchi
Petacchi's good form continues
Italy's Alessandro Petacchi edged out Erik Zabel to win the 12th stage of the Tour of Spain.

Petacchi's sprint finish stopped his German rival claiming a third consecutive stage victory.

Overall leader Isidro Nozal finished in the pack to protect his position.

But Dario Frigo and Aitor Gonzalez, fourth and fifth prior to the stage, lost more than a minute.

Petacchi has now claimed three stages in the tour - he won six in this year's Giro d'Italia and four on the Tour de France.


Stage 12 result:

1. Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) 3 hours 41 minutes 49 secs
2. Erik Zabel (Ger)
3. Fred Rodriguez (USA)
4. Alessandro Bertolini (Ita)
5. Raphael Schweda (Ger)
6. Angel Vicioso (Spa)
7. Francisco Mancebo (Spa)
8. Michael Barry (Can)
9. Michael Rasmussen (Den)

Overall standings:

1. Isidro Nozal (Spa) ONCE 40 hours 54 minutes 29 secs
2. Igor Gonzalez de Geldeano ONCE (Spa) at 1:48
3. Manuel Beltran (Spa) US Postal at 3:03
4. Roberto Heras (Spa) US Postal-Berry Floor at 3:28
5. Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Ibanesto.com at 3:40
6. Michael Rasmussen (Den) Rabobank at 4:04
7. Dario Frigo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo at 4:14
8. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Kelme at 5:06
9. Aitor Gonzalez (Spa) Fassa Bortolo at 5:09




SEE ALSO
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17 Sep 03  |  Cycling
Zabel edges out Petacchi
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Valverde takes stage victory
14 Sep 03  |  Cycling
Rodriguez snatches home win
13 Sep 03  |  Cycling
Rasmussen lands stage win
12 Sep 03  |  Cycling
Stage win keeps Nozal ahead
11 Sep 03  |  Cycling
Petacchi makes history
10 Sep 03  |  Cycling
Etxebarria wins Vuelta stage
09 Sep 03  |  Cycling
Petacchi claims sprint victory
08 Sep 03  |  Cycling
Perez claims victory
07 Sep 03  |  Cycling
ONCE set Vuelta pace
06 Sep 03  |  Cycling


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