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Cyclist Zabel Outsprints Petacchi to Win Paris-Tours Race - 2003-10-05

German cyclist Erik Zabel outsprinted Italy's Alessandro Petacchi to win the 257-kilometer Paris to Tours World Cup race on Sunday in France.

The Telecom rider overcame cool and windy conditions to complete the race in five hours, 24 minutes and 55 seconds and capture the event for the second time. Petacchi and third place finisher Stuart O'Grady of Australia were both credited with the same time.

It was good new for the Telecom Team for the second day in a row, after former Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich of Germany announced Saturday he would rejoin the team. Paolo Bettini of Italy, who won three races this season clinched the World Cup championship after the ninth of 10 events. Bettini placed 11th in Sunday's race.