OK, I have a confession to make. I am getting to like him.
I could not stand the posing, primping, selfish clown he seemed to be replacing, talented though he was. In fact, to me that combination of attributes is about the worst going. Just look at the NBA if you don't believe me. True (I hope), some of that is just to sell tickets or get sponsors, but please ...
Early on, Petacchi seemed to be following in those exact footsteps. Recently he seems to have changed. A lot. The latest thing to gain my support is that he actually stayed in the Giro after the first hill. He even rode in unpleasant weather! And the payoff was one more stage win.
If Fassa does go away - and I certainy hope not - I wonder where he will go. And if he can take his train with him. That could be an unfortunate draw for some other team, meaning that a few people will have to find new jobs.
In any case, good on ya' Alessandro!