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Alessandro Ballan took second place in a photo finish. (Tim de Waele photo).
Alessandro Ballan took second place in a photo finish. (Tim de Waele photo).

Tour de France, Stage 15: Ballan Second

19. July 2010

Bagneres-de-Lucho, France

Alessandro Ballan delivered the BMC Racing Team a runner-up finish on Monday on the 100th anniversary of the inclusion of the Pyrenees mountains in the Tour de France

Couldn't Follow The Attack
Ballan nipped Aitor Perez (Footon-Servetto) for second place after a high-speed plunge off the Port de Balès. Thomas Voeckler (Bbox Bouygues Telecom) slipped Ballan's breakaway group with 7.5 kilometers to go on the climb and soloed to the win. "I was feeling good today, but Voeckler was too strong when he attacked," Ballan said. "I couldn't follow him So I tried to go my pace. I hope this good form is going to help me in the last week and in the races after the Tour."

Evans Looks Ahead
World champion Cadel Evans finished 36th Monday and slipped to 22nd overall, 16:16 behind new leader Alberto Contador (Astana). "I'm a bit tired and sore today. I don't know what's going on," Evans said. "My tape (on a fractured elbow) and stuff fell off. I'm getting skin problems from having so much treatment and having tape holding things together. It's one ailment or the other. I'm still hanging in there. Tomorrow's another day."

Santambrogio Withdraws
A viral infection forced Mauro Santambrogio to leave the race early in the stage. Dr. Max Testa said the Italian first showed signs of the illness Sunday. "Last night he couldn't eat well, and this morning he had no energy," Testa said. "The speed for the first hour was 47.5 kph, so they were going very, very hard and he couldn't recover."