Crash mars Petacchi’s first victory

MEAUX (France): Giro sprint king Alessandro Petacchi humbled his rivals to win the 168-km first stage of the Tour de France in a mass sprint tarnished by a spectacular crash near the finish line yesterday. 

Winner of six stages in the Giro, Petacchi scored his inaugural Tour win at the expense of other top sprinters, Australian Robbie McEwen and German Erik Zabel. 

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