Ballan prepares for Roubaix

"It does not finish here," confirmed Alessandro Ballan to La Gazzetta dello Sport after winning...

"It does not finish here," confirmed Alessandro Ballan to La Gazzetta dello Sport after winning Ronde van Vlaanderen. The 27 year-old rider from Castelfranco Veneto will skip Tomorrow's Gent-Wevelgem to focus on Sunday's Paris-Roubaix.

Lampre teammate and roommate, Fabio Baldato, advised Ballan to skip Gent-Wevelgem. "The best Roubaix I have raced has been when I skipped Gent-Wevelgem.

"Also, Alessandro is a little homesick. It is reason enough to break up the monotony of preparing and training for a race, skipping Gent, because his condition is there."

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