Italian Alessandro Ballan (Lampre), winner of the Ronde Van Vlaanderen, will have to sit out...
Italian Alessandro Ballan (Lampre), winner of the Ronde Van Vlaanderen, will have to sit out Sunday's Amstel Gold Race because of a fever, his team has announced. Ballan is also feeling the draining effects of last Sunday's Paris-Roubaix, where he had a disappointing finish in 61st place, more than nine minutes behind winner Stuart O'Grady.
The team will also be without Slovenian Gorazd Stangelj, who has a hairline fracture in his clavicle following a fall during training.
Predictor-Lotto will be without the strong legs of their Classics man, BjÃ¶rn Leukemans, for Amstel. After finishing just one step away from the podium in Paris-Roubaix, Leukemans has come down with a bronchitis, according to his personal website, www.bjornleukemans.be, and doesn't expect to be able to compete this weekend.