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Alessandro Ballan (left) leads the BMC Racing Team in Germany while Jeff Louder (right) will be a favorite in Utah. (Photos: Tim de Waele/Angelika Kaufmann-Pauger)
Alessandro Ballan (left) leads the BMC Racing Team in Germany while Jeff Louder (right) will be a favorite in Utah. (Photos: Tim de Waele/Angelika Kaufmann-Pauger)

Vattenfall Cyclassics, Utah Race Ahead

13. August 2010

Santa Rosa, California

Alessandro Ballan will lead the BMC Racing Team Sunday at the Vattenfall Cyclassics in Germany, beginning a week that will also see the team competing in the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah presented by Zions Bank.

Former World Champion On Form

Ballan won the Vattenfall Cyclassics in 2007 and rode to a fifth place finish last week at the Tour de Pologne. "Alessandro is in really good shape coming out of Pologne and knows this race well," BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said. "Normally it comes down to a sprint – but not a bunch sprint – because there is usually a selection in the little climbs before coming into Hamburg."

Pleased To Be At Utah
The BMC Racing Team will be at a disadvantage bringing only five riders to Tuesday's prologue of the Tour of Utah. But Assistant Director Michael Sayers said simply taking part in the six-day race is important. "We're trying to support as much American racing as we possibly can," Sayers said. "We're happy to be there and glad the governing bodies of the sport have given us the opportunity." The team's roster includes Salt Lake City resident Jeff Louder, who has finished on the podium in the past three editions, including a win in 2008.

Vattenfall Cyclassics Roster (Aug. 15):
Alessandro Ballan (ITA), Marcus Burghardt (GER), Martin Kohler (SUI), Alexander Kristoff (NOR), Mauro Santambrogio (ITA), Florian Stalder (SUI), Danilo Wyss (SUI), Simon Zahner (SUI).

Directeur Sportif:
John Lelangue (BEL)

Assistant Director:
Fabio Baldato (ITA)

Staff:
Mechanics: Ronald Ruymen (BEL), Jürgen Landrie (BEL). Soigneurs: Chris De Vos (BEL), Anthony Pauwels (BEL). Driver: Francis Bur (FRA).

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Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah presented by Zions Bank Roster (Aug. 17-22)
Chad Beyer (USA), Brent Bookwalter (USA), George Hincapie (USA), Jeff Louder (USA), Larry Warbasse (USA).

Sport Director:
Michael Sayers (USA)

Press Officer:
Sean Weide (USA)

Staff:
Doctors: Eric Heiden (USA), Scott Major (USA), Max Testa (ITA). Mechanics: Vincent Gee (USA), Andy Stone (USA). Soigneurs: Bailee Holt (USA), Paula Marzella (USA).