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Alessandro Ballan (left), Mauro Santambrogio and Karsten Kroon (right) will be the protected leaders Sunday. (Tim de Waele photos.)
Alessandro Ballan (left), Mauro Santambrogio and Karsten Kroon (right) will be the protected leaders Sunday. (Tim de Waele photos.)

BMC Racing Team Has Options For GP Ouest-France

20. August 2010

Plouay, France

The BMC Racing Team will pin its hopes on a trio of riders – Italians Alessandro Ballan and Mauro Santambrogio and Dutchman Karsten Kroon – Sunday at the GP Ouest-France.

Two Races In France

Santambrogio narrowly lost a sprint at Coppa Agostoni on Wednesday while Ballan was runner-up at Plouay in 2008. "And don't forget that Karsten won a stage of the Tour de France in Plouay (in 2002) and he's also in good shape now," BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said. The one-day race serves as a warm-up for the Tour du Poitou Charentes et de la Vienne, a five-stage race that begins Tuesday. "It's a race much like the Tour de l'Ain where we will have plenty of cards to play," Lelangue said.