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Alessandro Ballan finished 90th on the stage but earned three bonus seconds to move within 13 seconds of the overall lead. (Photo courtesy: Circuit Franco-Belge.)
Alessandro Ballan finished 90th on the stage but earned three bonus seconds to move within 13 seconds of the overall lead. (Photo courtesy: Circuit Franco-Belge.)

Franco-Belge, Stage 3: Ballan Most Aggressive

1. ottobre 2011

Ichtegem, Belgium

BMC Racing Team's Alessandro Ballan earned most aggressive rider honors Saturday after figuring in a five-man breakaway and moving himself into 11th overall on the penultimate stage of Circuit Franco-Belge.

Going For Bonus Seconds

Ballan's group got away shortly after an eight-man breakaway – that included teammate Marcus Burghardt – was brought back early in the 156.3-kilometer race. After enjoying a lead of more than four minutes during a 100 km escape, Ballan said he attacked to go for the final intermediate sprint as the peloton closed in. He finished second to Roman Van Zandbeek (Skil-Shimano) to add to a third place he earned in an earlier intermediate sprint. "I'm tired – the breakaway was a lot of work for me," the 2008 world road champion said. Tom Veelers (Skil-Shimano) got the stage win and took the overall lead (13 seconds ahead of Ballan) while BMC Racing Team's Taylor Phinney was 14th on the day. Sunday's final 175.4 km stage is a hard one, BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Rik Verbrugghe said. "It's seven laps with a climb and the laps are not so easy, so there could be a lot of movement on the overall," he said.