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Alessandro Ballan chases back under the watchful eye of an international TV audience.
Alessandro Ballan chases back under the watchful eye of an international TV audience.

Ballan Sixth For BMC Racing Team In Quebec City

10. September 2010

Quebec City, Canada

Alessandro Ballan sprinted to a sixth-place finish for the BMC Racing Friday in the inaugural edition of the Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec.

Crash Slows Hincapie, Santambrogio

On the long, uphill drag to the finish, Thomas Voeckler (BBox Bouygues Telecom) attacked for the win, finishing one second ahead of Ballan and a small group. Ballan said he wasn't at full strength for the final sprint, having used a lot of energy earlier in the 189-kilometer race. "First I had a flat and then I had to switch out a broken wheel," the former world road champion said. "The group was going full gas both times so it was very difficult." George Hincapie and Mauro Santambrogio were involved in a crash with two laps of the 12 km circuit to go, but neither was seriously hurt. Sunday, the BMC Racing Team will compete in the second half of the North American ProTour event, the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal.