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Alessandro Ballan, pictured here at the Tour of Austria, has raced only a handful of times after being seriously hurt in a crash during training camp last December. (© Photo: Mario Stiehl.)
Alessandro Ballan, pictured here at the Tour of Austria, has raced only a handful of times after being seriously hurt in a crash during training camp last December. (© Photo: Mario Stiehl.)

Tour de Wallonie: Lander Sprints, Ballan Hospitalized

21. luglio 2013

Sebastian Lander sprinted to his season-best result for the BMC Racing Team Sunday at the Tour de Wallonie while teammate Alessandro Ballan left the race due to stomach pain.

Ballan Too Sick To Start
Assistant Director Jackson Stewart said the teamwork was good to get Lander in place near the front after the last of a four-man breakaway was brought back with 10 kilometers to go in the 174.4-km race. "Unfortunately, we weren't together for the finish," Stewart said. "Taylor Phinney did a monster pull starting about six kilometers out. But from five kilometers to three kilometers to go, it was downhill and a little twisty. So, while Lander was in good position, once Phinney stopped pulling, we didn't have anyone else with him." Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) won the stage ahead of Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp) while Lander finished 14th. BMC Racing Team's Greg Van Avermaet is eighth overall, 32 seconds back of race leader and Stage 1 winner Alexandr Kolobnev (Katusha Team). Ballan did not start after complaining of stomach pain overnight, BMC Racing Team Chief Medical Officer Dr. Max Testa said. "Alessandro was admitted to a local hospital early this morning for observation for abdominal pain, most likely related to his injury last winter," Dr. Testa said. Ballan, the 2008 world road champion, missed the first six months of the season while recovering from a bad crash at training camp last December.