After three of his fellow Lampre
riders had set the pace over the final kilometre to put Petacchi in a strong position, the veteran Italian moved to the front with the finishing line in sight and held off challenges from Mark Cavendish and Juan Jose Haedo to take the 20th stage win of his Vuelta career.
If there is any justice Lampre
will get their reward today and a deserved stage victory for their No.
The finish, featuring a fast descent into the historic town of Rouen, seemed likely to feature all five but eventually boiled down to a 30-somethings battle between Kirsipuu, 32, from the Ag2r Prevoyance team, CSC-Tiscali's 34-year-old Dane Michael Sandstodt, and 38-year-old Belgian Ludo Dierckxsens, from Lampre
Top team - Bet365: 5 Mapei, 6 Alessio, 7 Fassa Bortolo, Tacconi, 12 Rabobank, Kelme, 14 Lampre
, Team Coast, 16 CSC, 20 bar.
3, Roberto Ferrari, Italy, Lampre
Merida, same time.
Arvesen held off AG2R's Martin Elmiger and Alessandro Ballan of Lampre
in a sprint finish to give CSC their first stage win of the 2008 Tour.
team rider Bennati held his nerve to delay his sprint as long as possible and claim glory on the Champs-Elysees.
5km): 1 M Wust (Ger) Festina 6hr 2min 50sec, 2 G Lombardi (Ita) Deutsche Telekom, 3 S Smetanin (Rus) Vitalicio, 4 S Knaven (Ned) TVM, 5 J Svorada (Cze) Lampre
, 6 F Guidi (Ita) Polti, 7 G Raimondi (Ita) Liquigas, 8 J Dean (NZ) U.
sprinter took the honours on Stage 17 as Scotland's David Millar had his best day so far, finishing fifth.
But Bertogliati, from the Italian Lampre
Daikin team, surprised everyone by breaking from the pack to make a solo bid for glory.
D de Paoli Amica Chips 1:54, 6 O Camenzind Lampre
2:32, 7 R Sgambelluri Cantina Tollo same time, 8 P Savoldelli Saeco 2:46, 9 N Axelsson Navigare 2:52, 10 O Sevilla Kelme 2:54, 11 D Clavero Vitalicio Seguros 2:59, 12 H Buenahora Vitalicio Seguros 3:00, 13 R Virenque Polti 3:17, 14 A Zintchenko Vitalicio Seguros 3:21, 15 E Zaina Mercatone Uno 3:30, 16 L Jalabert ONCE 4:03, 17 M Velo Mercatone Uno 4:42, 18 M Podenzana Mercatone Uno 6:20, 19 A Teteriouk Liquigas same time, 20 M Codol Lampre
The 31-year-old AG2R rider beat off the challenge of Bonjour's Damien Nazon and Lampre
rider Jan Svorada to seal victory after four hours, 50 minutes and 39 seconds.