Mark Cavendish has quite a powerful weapon in his lead-out train after cyclist Alessandro Petacchi joined Omega Pharma QuickStep cycling team where he would stay till the end of 2014. The 6 time Tour stage champ, who has also snatched the green jersey in the year 2010, emerges of retirement to be a part of the team and would make his debut at the Kortrijk criterium on 8th August, before riding 7 stage Eneco Tour from 12th August to 18th August.
AleJet is one of most decorated sprinters in cycling. They have amassed 48 Grand Tour stage victories, and wins in Paris Tours and Milan San Remo. Mark Cavendish and Alessandro Petacchi are also members of an exclusive club of 5 cycle riders who have got the points classifications in all the 3 Grand Tours, with Djamolidine Abdoujaparov, Laurent Jalabert and Eddy Merckx.
However, Alessandro has become a part of Omega Pharma QuickStep cycling team not to add to his palmares, but to give more firepower to Mark Cavendish’s lead-out train that has faltered sometimes since the Manx Missile’s move from the Sky team.
Alessandro told that he joined this team to take on a very different role, to be a team player, mainly when it comes to sprints. The primary objective is to be useful to the cycling team when required and to put his experience to the service of younger riders.
Alessandro started the year with Lampre Merida but drew back in April and the thirty nine year was immediately connected to a move to Omega Pharma QuickStep team, who had looked to bolster Mark’s lead-out train for Giro d’Italia as well as Tour de France.