Petacchi announces retirement
Alessandro Petacchi has announced his retirement
Alessandro Petacchi, who won the Tour de France points classification in 2010, has announced his retirement.
In a statement on his Lampre-Merida team website, the 39-year-old, who claimed 183 career victories and also won the points classification at the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana, called an abrupt end to his 18-year career.
Petacchi said on teamlampremerida.com: "At the threshold of the 200 victories in career, I feel my life reaches a peculiar moment, a turning point in which I perceive the need to find a new dimension and to have more time to dedicate to my family.
"These considerations induce me to the decision to pause my career.
"I always put first the professional side of my job, honouring the efforts made by sponsors, such Lampre, Merida and all the other partner of the team: I really thank them for the trust they gave me in these marvellous years."