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Alessandro Ballan won Three Days of De Panne in 2007. (Tim de Waele photo.)
Alessandro Ballan won Three Days of De Panne in 2007. (Tim de Waele photo.)

Three Days of De Panne: Final Tune-Up For Flanders

29. March 2010

Middelkerke, Belgium

The BMC Racing Team will utilize the Three Days of De Panne as final preparation for Sunday’s Belgian Classic, the Tour of Flanders. The three-day, four-stage race begins Tuesday.

Ballan, Kroon Aim For Good Result

BMC Racing Team Director Sportif John Lelangue said the team will look to Alessandro Ballan – winner of De Panne in 2007 and runner-up in 2005 – and Karsten Kroon. Road races of 198 km (Tuesday), 214 km (Wednesday) and 112 km (Thursday morning) on cobblestone roads are followed by a 14.8 km time trial Thursday afternoon. “There are two schools of thought for this race,” Lelangue said. “You can race to prepare for Flanders or try to make a good result and take a psychological advantage. Ballan and Kroon want to make a good race because it’s right before Flanders.”

Three Days of De Panne Roster – March 30-April 1
Alessandro Ballan (ITA), Alexander Kristoff (NOR), Martin Kohler (SWI), Karsten Kroon (NED), John Murphy (USA), Michael Schär (SWI), Jackson Stewart (USA), Simon Zahner (SUI).

Sport Directors:
Michael Sayers (USA), René Savary (SWI).

Staff:
Doctor: Max Testa (ITA). Mechanics: Kevin Grove (USA), Ian Sherburne (USA), Nick Vandecauter (BEL). Soigneurs: Trudi Rebsamen (USA), Freddy Viaene (BEL), Chris De Vos (BEL).