Tour de France 2010: Petacchi Wins 4th Stage

The “old man” from Italy, Alessandro Petacchi, has struck again, proving that his win in the first stage on the Tour de France was not merely due to the crashes suffered by the younger favorites. Petacchi, described by some media as over the hill at 36, outsprinted younger guys like Mark Cavendish to win the 153-kilometer stage from Cambrai to Reims.

“I’m not like a little old man, as some have said. This win is really important for me and for the team,” said Petacchi, who has not comepeted on the Tour since 2004. Cavendish and his HTC-Columbia team were leading with less than a kilometer when Petacchi caught them off-guard with a surprise maneuver.

There were no changes in the overall classification, with Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara still wearing the leader’s yellow jersey followed by Geraint Thomas and Cadel Evans. Defending champion Alberto Contador of Spain is still in ninth place, 1 minute and 40 seconds behind while seven-time winner Lance Armstrong remains in 18th place, two and a half minutes out of the lead.