Bettini thinks Petacchi can win at Copenhagen

Italian coach Paolo Bettini was yesterday in Copenhagen to check out the Worlds course. He says that it is similar to Madrid and that the only Italian who can win after 250km is Alessandro Petacchi. I am not sure he is right as in 2005 when Boonen won in Madrid the whole Italian team (and two Brits) worked for Petacchi and he still couldn’t hang on to the front group.

Bettini feels that the course is ideal for Cavendish but the lack of a strong team to prepare the sprint will be a big handicap for the Manxman. My first thought is that he needs to be speaking to his HTC team mates but on reflection an international lead out train would be too obvious. I was at Lasarte in 1965 when Tom Simpson won and I have booked my flight for Copenhagen and I still think Cav can do it.


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