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Petacchi claims second stage win

Alessandro Petacchi
Petacchi is targeting a third stage win, in Liverpool

Italy's Alessandro Petacchi sprinted to his second Tour of Britain win, on stage six from Darlington to Newcastle.

The 34-year-old narrowly beat British champion Rob Hayles in a carbon-copy finish of stage one, after the peloton had caught a four-man breakaway.

Agritubel's Geoffroy Lequatre kept the yellow jersey ahead of Britain's Steve Cummings, who remains six seconds back.

Petacchi also moved top of the points competition, while GB's Ben Swift held on to the King of the Mountains jersey.

Stage four and five winner, Edvald Boasson Hagen, finished in third place.

Petacchi said: "The sprint was very difficult because it was so wet out on the course - Rob Hayles was going well but thankfully I just managed to pip him.

"My target now is to take a third stage win in Liverpool on Sunday.

"I think it will be another sprint finish there so it should be good for me and I will be going for it.

"Hopefully there won't be any rain though because that made it difficult for me and if the weather is good I will have a better chance."

Scotland's Evan Oliphant, Bradley McGee and Peter Williams made the first break of the day, just one kilometre from the start in Darlington.

I'm gutted to miss out on the win for the second time - it's awful and is hard to take

Rob Hayles

And by the 11th kilometre they had opened up a two-minute lead, before Barloworld's Diego Caccia joined the trio and helped extend the lead to over six minutes by the 40km mark.

The group was eventually dragged back by the peloton with 10km to go, Petacchi leaving it until the final 300 metres to make the decisive move.

Hayles, who finished second to Petacchi on Sunday in the capital, could not hide his frustration at missing out to the Italian yet again.

"I'm gutted to miss out on the win for the second time - it's awful and is hard to take," Hayles said.

"At the same time I know I have to take it and I'm pleased in a way because I know I gave everything that I had.

"I was struggling a little bit at the end there because I had done a lot of work for Ben Swift in the last 10 kilometres, so that probably took a little bit out of me for the sprint but that's racing and Petacchi is an amazing sprinter."

Stage seven takes the riders 153km from Glasgow Green to Drumlanrig Castle.

Tour of Britain stage six results:

1 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) LPR Brakes, 3hrs 45mins 9secs

2 Rob Hayles (GB) Great Britain, at same time

3 Edval Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia, at same time

4 Russell Downing (GB) Pinarello, at same time

5 Malcolm Elliott (GB) Pinarello RT, at same time

6 Ben Swift (GB) Great Britain, at same time

7 Jonathan Bellis (GB) Team CSC-Saxo Bank, at same time

8 Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel, at same time

9 Kenny Lisabeth (Bel) An Post, at same time

10 Chris Sutton (Aus) Garmin-Chipotle, at same time

Selected others:

13 Geoffroy Lequarte (Fra) Agritubel, at same time

14 Steve Cummings, (GB) Barloworld, at same time

28 Ian Stannard (GB) Great Britain, at 5secs

41 Roger Hammond (GB) Team Columbia, at 12secs

47 Geraint Thomas (GB) Barloworld, at 56secs

70 Bradley Wiggins (GB) Team Columbia, at 6mins 17secs

75 David Millar (GB) Garmin-Chipotle, at 8mins 18secs

76 Chris Newton (GB) Rapha-Condor, at same time

General classification after six stages:

1 Geoffroy Lequarte (Fra) Agritubel, 21hrs 14mins 49secs

2 Steve Cummings (GB) Barloworld, at 6secs

3 Daniel Martin (Ire) Garmin-Chipotle, at 14secs

4 Gabriele Bosisio (Ita) LPR Brakes-Ballan, at 15secs

5 Ian Stannard (GB) Great Britain, at 16secs

6 Daniel Fleeman (GB) An Post, at 18secs

7 Benny de Schrooder (Bel) An Post, at 19secs

8 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen, at 28secs

9 Emilien Berges (Fra) Agritubel, at 40secs

10 Russell Downing (GB) Pinarello, at 1min 24secs

Selected others:

12 Jonathan Bellis (GB) Team CSC-Saxo Bank, at 1min 49secs

14 Roger Hammond (GB) Team Columbia, at 1min 52secs

22 Edval Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia, at 11mins 52secs

24 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) LPR Brakes-Ballan, at 12mins 35secs

27 Ben Swift (GB) Great Britain, at 12mins 51secs

60 Rob Hayles (GB) Great Britain, at 25mins 2secs

71 Geraint Thomas (GB) Barloworld, at 27mins 19secs

77 Bradley Wiggins (GB) Team Columbia, at 32mins 22secs

80 David Millar (GB) Garmin-Chipotle, at 33mins 27secs

82 Chris Newton (GB) Rapha-Condor, at 33mins 48secs

see also
Hagen clinches back-to-back wins
11 Sep 08 |  Cycling
Berges wins stage to take yellow
09 Sep 08 |  Cycling
Petacchi claims London stage win
08 Sep 08 |  Cycling
Tour of Britain stage one photos
07 Sep 08 |  Cycling
London ready for Tour of Britain
03 Sep 08 |  Cycling
GB youth point to bright future
05 Sep 08 |  Cycling

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