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The BMC Racing Team went to the front toward the end of the stage after a breakaway had been caught. (©Sirotti.)
The BMC Racing Team went to the front toward the end of the stage after a breakaway had been caught. (©Sirotti.)

Tirreno-Adriatico, Stage 6: Ballan Aggressive

12. marzo 2012

Alessandro Ballan was one of several aggressors on the BMC Racing Team who tried to make Monday's breakaway on the penultimate stage at Tirreno-Adriatico.

Ballan On Good Form
Several times, the former world road champion was in moves that threatened to break from the peloton – including one on the first climb only 17 kilometers into the 181 km race. "The start was really fast and really hard," Ballan said. "I'm happy because I went in the breakaway three times. Afterwards, I tried to help the team for the finish but my legs are really tired. For me, this has been a good test for the next classic." BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Fabio Baldato said Ballan has ridden himself into form on what has been an extremely hard race. "Alessandro is in good shape and probably has the best legs for us even though he hasn't gotten a result." Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha) won the race from a small group while Chris Horner (RadioShack-Nissan) kept the overall lead. Tuesday's final stage is a 9.3 km individual time trial. "We'll see how much Marco Pinotti or Cadel Evans want to push it," Baldato said. "This has been a hard race with four or five very hard days."