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Former world road champion Alessandro Ballan is the center of attention as he signs in prior to Stage 2. (Georges Lüchinger photo.)
Former world road champion Alessandro Ballan is the center of attention as he signs in prior to Stage 2. (Georges Lüchinger photo.)

Tirreno-Adriatico, Stage 2: Looking Ahead

11. March 2010

Montecatini Terme, Italy

Safely through the first two stages of Tirreno-Adriatico, BMC Racing Team Director Sportif John Lelangue looks forward to a pivotal three-day stretch that will likely decide the winner of the seven-day Italian race.

Protecting Evans

Lelangue said it begins with Friday’s 159 km stage that includes two climbs in the final 25 km. “We have said all along that Stages 3, 4 and 5 will be the most tricky,” he said. Brent Bookwalter said the goal is to protect Cadel Evans, who is the team’s best-placed rider. “We did well today keeping him up front and out of trouble,” Bookwalter said. “It was a pretty heated and hectic finale with a hard climb and hectic finish.” A four-man breakaway that led by 4:05 was caught with 4 km to go. Tom Boonen (Quick Step) won a field sprint and Linus Gerdemann (Team Milram) kept the overall lead.