Skip to main contentAccess keys helpA-Z index

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
| Help
Last Updated: Thursday, 10 July, 2003, 15:12 GMT 16:12 UK
Petacchi roars to victory
Alessandro Petacchi
Petacchi won six stages in this year's Giro d'Italia
Alessandro Petacchi continued his brilliant form with a thrilling win on stage five of the Tour de France.

The Fassa Bortolo rider has won three of the opening five stages of the Tour, following his six wins in this year's Giro d'Italia.

Petacchi produced a well-timed attack to overhaul Australia's Baden Cooke and Robbie McEwen who had been well-placed for the stage win.

Jaan Kirsipuu of Estonia finished second, with Cooke taking third.

In soaring temperatures on the course, Quick Step's Laszlo Bodrogi led an early breakaway and the Hungarian rider picked up maximum points in the three sprints.

It is already a very good Tour
Alessandro Petacchi
France's Frederic Finot, also part of the five-man leading group, took over the polka dot jersey for the mountains classification, after he collected the six points available on both climbs.

The five were caught with 22km remaining, leaving the sprinters to battle it out at the finish.

Colombian Victor Hugo Pena retained the yellow jersey, with reigning champion Lance Armstrong still in second place one second behind after both US Postal riders finished safely in the pack.

"Today it was a very tough race and my team worked very hard for me," said Petacchi.

"It was a great sprint. You can win them or you can lose them but at the moment I am very pleased to be winning stages.

"It is already a very good Tour."

Stage five result:

1 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 4hrs 9mins 47secs
2 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) AG2R
3 Baden Cooke (Aus)
4 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Telekom
5 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Lotto
6 Luca Paolini (Ita) Quick Step
7 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Credit Agricole
8 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Credit Agricole
9 Fred Rodriguez (US) Vini Caldirola
10 Jean-Patrick Nazon (France) Jean Delatour

Overall standings:

1 Victor Hugo Pena (Col) US Postal Service 17hrs 54mins 31secs
2 Lance Armstrong (US) US Postal Service +1sec
3 Viatcheslav Ekimov (Rus) US Postal Service +5
4 George Hincapie (US) US Postal Service +5
5 Jose Luis Rubiera (Spa) US Postal Service +23
6 Roberto Heras (Spa) US Postal Service +27
7 Pavel Padrnos (Cze) US Postal Service +27
8 Floyd Landis (US) US Postal Service +28
9 Joseba Beloki (Spa) ONCE +33
10 Joerg Jaksche (Ger) ONCE +38

Links to more Tour de France 2003 stories


BBC Five Live's Simon Brotherton
"Petacchi won by a bike length - a mile in sprinters' terms"

Who is the Tour's leading sprinter?
Baden Cooke
Robbie McEwen
Alessandro Petacchi
Erik Zabel
107 Votes Cast
Results are indicative and may not reflect public opinion




The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


E-mail services | Sport on mobiles/PDAs


Back to top

Sport Homepage | Football | Cricket | Rugby Union | Rugby League | Tennis | Golf | Motorsport | Boxing | Athletics | Snooker | Horse Racing | Cycling | Disability Sport | US Sport | Other Sport | Olympics 2004

Scores & Fixtures | Have Your Say | Photo Galleries | TV/Radio Listings

Fun and Games | Question of Sport | BBC Sport Extra

Northern Ireland | Scotland | Wales

BBC Sport Academy >> | BBC News >> | BBC Weather >>
About the BBC | News sources | Privacy & Cookies Policy | Contact us
banner watch listen bbc sport