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Ballan to return to racing within three months

By:
Daniel Benson
Published:
March 29, 2013, 20:30 GMT,
Updated:
March 29, 2013, 20:33 GMT
Edition:
Second Edition Cycling News, Friday, March 29, 2013
Third place-getter, Alessandro Ballan (BMC)

Third place-getter, Alessandro Ballan (BMC)

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Italian training after horror crash

After a horrendous crash towards the tail end of last year Alessandro Ballan is back on the bike and looking forward to a comeback in the next two to three months.

In December the former world champion crashed at a training camp. He broke a femur and rib and had to undergo several operations, one of which led to the removal of his spleen, while Gazzetta reported that he also suffered internal bleeding and could have lost a kidney.

This weekend he has taken a short break from his training to join his BMC teammates at the Tour of Flanders, a race he finished on the podium in last year.

"I feel better. Now I ride, not too much but just two three hours on the bike. To be honest I’m really happy to be here with my team. It’s really good motivation for me and I hope also for my team," he told Cyclingnews.

Sporting a scar on his left leg, as well as a 40 stitch scar down the centre of his chest, the Italian said he is returning to full fitness.

"I think it will be another two and a half months before racing. I’ll start with some easy races. I don't know where but it will be about taking things day. I feel good. My left leg is normal now and I feel as good as I did before the crash."

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