Alessandro Ballan Banned Two Years For Doping By CONI


ROME, Jan 17, 2014 (AFP) - Italy's Alessandro Ballan, the world road race champion in 2008, was handed a two-year doping ban by Italy's Olympic Committee (CONI) on Friday. Ballan was punished by CONI's anti-doping tribunal after it ruled he had contravened article 2.2 of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code relating to "the use or attempted use of banned substances". A … [Read more...]

BMC Racing Team Statement: Alessandro Ballan

Ballan The BMC Racing Team is aware of, and will continue to monitor, CONI's legal proceedings involving Alessandro Ballan. Prior to a decision by the relevant authorities, the team will rely upon internal policies to determine the status of Ballan. At this time, no decision to remove him from active status has been made. As has been previously stated, the charges stem from a time period prior … [Read more...]

Ballan Will Make Return At GP Kanton Aargau-Gippingen

Alessandro Ballan will race for the BMC Racing Team for the first time this season Thursday at GP Kanton Aargau-Gippingen. The former world road champion makes his return to action in the one-day race in Switzerland nearly six months after a bad crash during training. Goal Is To Finish Ballan broke his left leg in two places and fractured a rib in a training ride crash during the BMC Racing … [Read more...]

Strade Bianche Normally One For Ballan

The absence of Alessandro Ballan for Strade Bianche will certainly be felt by the BMC Racing Team, Assistant Director Fabio Baldato said. Saturday's race is the first of two semi-classics in Italy this weekend for the BMC Racing Team. Crash Recovery Continues Ballan, twice a runner-up in Strade Bianche (2008, 2011) and fourth last year, continues to recover from a training ride crash in Spain … [Read more...]

Ballan Recovering After More Surgery


Alessandro Ballan is recovering well from surgery to remove his appendix, as well as scar tissue from a previous operation, BMC Racing Team Chief Medical Officer Dr. Max Testa announced Sunday. Recovery Timetable Not Affected Ballan underwent surgery Wednesday night after stomach pain he first felt Tuesday did not go away. "Because the pain wasn't that intense and continuous I thought it was a … [Read more...]

Ballan Out Of Intensive Care


BMC Racing Team's Alessandro Ballan was released from intensive care Friday in Spain but remains hospitalized as he recovers from injuries suffered in a high speed crash during training last week. Improving Every Day Ballan underwent surgery last Thursday night to repair his broken left femur and remove his spleen. The former world road champion also broke a rib in the accident that occurred … [Read more...]

Ballan Undergoes Surgery After Training Camp Crash


Alessandro Ballan suffered a broken leg, a broken rib and an injured spleen Thursday when he crashed on the penultimate day of the BMC Racing Team's training camp in Spain. The injuries require at least two separate surgeries – the first of which was taking place Thursday night, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Max Testa said. Spleen Will Be Removed Ballan was descending the Coll de Rates climb … [Read more...]

Alessandro Ballan Won Eneco Tour Stage 7

BMC Racing Team?s Alessandro Ballan won the final stage of Eneco Tour with a late attack before the conclusion of the 207.7-kilometers race A Particular Victory After a decisive attack during the last climb of Muur van Geraardsbergen, with 5 km to go, Alessandro Ballan scored his second victory on roads for the 2012 season. ?I attacked in the same place as when I won Tour of Flanders, I went … [Read more...]

BMC Racing Team’s Ballan Wins Giro della Toscana

BMC Racing Team's Alessandro Ballan outsprinted five others Sunday in the streets of Arezzo, Italy, to win the Giro della Toscana. Good Morale For The Giro Ballan forced the final selection on the last of two trips up a climb on the 14-kilometer finishing circuit in the 199 km race. "I was feeling good and we had a very strong team here today," Ballan said after beating Carlos Betancur (Acqua … [Read more...]

Boonen Powers To His Record Fourth Paris- Roubaix Win

Tom Boonen Kissing The Cobble - Paris-Roubaix 2012

by Andy Scott ROUBAIX, France, April 8, 2012 (AFP) - Tom Boonen's remarkable run of form continued on Sunday as he became only the second rider to win the Paris-Roubaix classic for a fourth time. The 31-year-old Belgian made his break with 55 kilometers of the famous race remaining, and left his rivals trailing in his wake as he crossed the line 1min 39sec ahead of Frenchman … [Read more...]