In a close finish, Ale-Jet Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo) sprinted to
his second victory of the 2005 season. Petacchi beat a
who's who of sprinters with a fantastic come from behind
win on a blinding fast stage that denied Max Van Heeswijk
the first win for the Discovery Channel team.
"I had to sprint from behind today because I was boxed in," Petacchi said afterhis win today. "My teammates pulled for the entire stage except for the last 2 km, when we were swarmed by Quick.Step, who were leading out Boonen. I jumped early and caught van Heeswijk, who already had a bike length advantage and I got him just in the final metres."