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The fact that Alessandro Petacchi beat Mark Cavendish in the first bunch sprint of the Giro made it interesting. It also put Cav under a bit of pressure during the first couple of weeks to win some stages and show he was the boss.
Whether or not you feel Ale Jet was sprinting unaided or not is irrelevant in the grand scheme of things. The old master had beaten the heir apparent and Cavendish needed to put things right.