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No Ballan for MSR either

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Cycling News
Published:
March 19, 2009, 0:00 GMT,
Updated:
April 22, 2009, 18:12 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, March 19, 2009
Alessandro Ballan (Lampre-NGC) last year at Milano-Sanremo

Alessandro Ballan (Lampre-NGC) last year at Milano-Sanremo

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World Champion Alessandro Ballan will also be absent on Saturday at Milano-Sanremo. Ballan's illness...

World Champion Alessandro Ballan will also be absent on Saturday at Milano-Sanremo. Ballan's illness of the past few weeks will keep him on the sidelines a little longer.

"The exams performed at the Castelfranco Veneto hospital diagnosed a recent infection by the cytomegalovirus, which he probably caught about 15 days ago," said Lampre-NGC's medical consultant Carlo Guardascione.

"He must rest for 15-20 days. He will be able to begin training again when the sores completely disappear."

The cytomegalovirus is a common herpes-type virus that infects a majority of people during their lives but rarely causes obvious illness. Symptoms may include fever, swollen glands and feeling tired.

A disappointed Ballan said, "I'm very sad because I won't take part in Milano-Sanremo and my presence in the Classics of the North is compromised. Now I know why I wasn't well, I have to wait for a complete recovery.

"I can't say when I'll be back to racing, because it will all depend on the course of the infection."

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