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Did Petacchi throw the first punch?(9 posts)

Did Petacchi throw the first punch?moo2
May 20, 2003 10:42 AM
Did anyone else notice that Alessandro Petacchi actually hit that Polish rider in the face, while fighting for Cipo's wheel yesterday?

I know Phil and Paul commented on the Polish rider punching Petacchi, but unless my eyes are lying, he was just returning the same favor after Alessandro struck first.

Also, is this the same Polish rider that caused the crash in the final corner? I was on the edge of my seat with excitement and didn't hear a lot of the commentary for the sprint.
Yes and Yes (nm)Dwayne Barry
May 20, 2003 10:59 AM
maybe, and yesmohair_chair
May 20, 2003 12:55 PM
To my eyes, Petacchi flailed his arm out, as if he were scolding the Polish guy, but it wasn't a punch, and it didn't connect.

The Polish guy swung and connected. I guess that's the difference between getting docked and getting DQ'ed.

What was interesting about the crash at the end is that you could see Garzelli going down, and yet nobody at OLN mentioned it. He didn't get hurt and he didn't lose any time because of the 1K rule, but I wondered what they were looking at that they could miss that!
I dunno...noveread
May 20, 2003 1:08 PM
When I saw the video, it looked like Petacchi connected to me. But I also didn't think it was a punch, more of a not-so-friendly "tap" on the helmet.

Noveread
and can you believe they can do all that at 35 mph? nmDougSloan
May 20, 2003 2:42 PM
looked like a decent punch to mecyclopathic
May 21, 2003 5:43 AM
on replay you'd see helment moving. I'm guessing he didn't got DQed 'cause he is Italian and in Pink.
Yes, but he missed...CharlesTT
May 20, 2003 6:41 PM
Thats why he didn't get DQed.
don't you guys practice high speed shoulder leans?atpjunkie
May 20, 2003 7:20 PM
start doing it at slow speeds leaning into each other, stiff arms to the hips etc... it is rugby on wheels. best to learn on hard grass on cx bikes.
psatpjunkie
May 20, 2003 8:02 PM
affirms my earlier posts about sprinter mindsets. whole different breed with diff. attitudes.