Ballan wins Giro della Toscana

BMC Italian too fast for breakaway companions

Alessandro Ballan (BMC) received a boost to his morale six days prior to the Giro d'Italia with a win at the Giro della Toscana. The 32-year-old Italian hadn't won a road race since the 2009 Tour of Poland, but the drought ended today with his victory from a breakaway. Carlos Betancur (Acqua & Sapone) finished second with Valerio Agnoli (Liquigas-Cannondale) in third for the 199km race.

"I was feeling good and we had a very strong team here today," Ballan said. "When we went over the major climb of the day [with 55km to go], I think we had seven guys in the lead group of 40."

Early in the race Ballan's teammates Adam Blythe and Taylor Phinney combined to help bring back a two-man breakaway that at one point enjoyed a 12-minute lead. After the peloton was whittled down to fewer than four dozen riders over the major climb, Ballan and teammates Mathias Frank, Tim Roe and Ivan Santaromita were part of a group of 12 that gained more than a minute's lead heading toward the first of two laps of the finishing circuits.

"I thought the race was going to go there but Farnese-Vini, even though they had a guy in the group, pulled it back," said Max Sciandri, BMC assistant director Max Sciandri. "Our team did an incredible job today. The plan was to race for Mauro Santambrogio (runner-up here a year ago), keeping Mathias in mind and having Ballan and Marco Pinotti as wild cards. But with 20 kilometers to go, Ballan came to me and said he was feeling good today."

Full Results
1Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team5:09:51 
2Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Acqua & Sapone  
3Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
4Matej Mugerli (Slo) Adria Mobil  
5Moreno Moser (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:04 
6Marco Frapporti (Ita) Team Idea0:00:09 
7Sergey Klimov (Rus) RusVelo0:00:18 
8Marko Kump (Slo) Adria Mobil  
9Damiano Caruso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
10Elia Favilli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia  
11Stefano Agostini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
12Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
13Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
14Nikita Eskov (Rus) RusVelo  
15Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
16Yoeri Havik (Ned) Netherlands  
17Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team  
18Frederico Rocchetti (Ita) Utensilnord Named  
19Ruslan Karimov (Uzb) Team Idea  
20Maurizio Biondo (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team  
21Mariano Giallorenzo (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team  
22Fabio Taborre (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
23Davide Mucelli (Ita) Utensilnord Named  
24Patxi Javier Vila Errandonea (Spa) Utensilnord Named  
25Riccardo Chiarini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
26Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes  
27Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Acqua & Sapone  
28Marco Pinotti (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
29Artem Ovechkin (Rus) RusVelo  
30Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) Team Idea  
31Matej Gnezda (Slo) Adria Mobil  
32Massimo Codol (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
33Sergey Firsanov (Rus) RusVelo  
34Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) RusVelo  
35Javier Gonzalez Barrera (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes  
36Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
37Stefano Locatelli (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
38Tomaz Nose (Slo) Adria Mobil  
39Kristjan Fajt (Slo) Adria Mobil  
40Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Adria Mobil  
41Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
42Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
43Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
44Radoslav Rogina (Cro) Adria Mobil  
45Oscar Gatto (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia0:00:35 
46Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
47Jaroslaw Dabrowski (Pol) Amore & Vita0:01:00 
48Derk Abel Beckeringh (Ned) Netherlands0:01:32 
49Thimothy Roe (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:01:37 
50Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia  
51Simon Pavlin (Slo) Adria Mobil  
52Krisztian Lovassy (Hun) Hungary  
53Federico Canuti (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
54Michael Rodriguez Galindo (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes  
55Paolo Bailetti (Ita) Utensilnord Named  
56Mike Teunissen (Ned) Netherlands  
57Mike Terpstra (Ned) Netherlands  
58Yovcho Yovchev (Bul) Amore & Vita  
59Marino Palandri (Ita) Amore & Vita  
60Luis Felipe Laverde Jimenez (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes  
61Mats Boeve (Ned) Netherlands  
62Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) Androni Giocattoli  
63Andrea Palini (Ita) Team Idea  
64Francesco Failli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia  
65Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia  
66Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia0:05:24 
67Carlos Julian Quintero (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes  
68Giuseppe De Maria (Ita) Team Idea  
69Angelo Pagani (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
70Alberto Di Lorenzo (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team  
71Blaz Bonca (Slo) Meridiana Kamen Team  
DNFMaksym Averin (Ukr) Amore & Vita  
DNFViesturs Luksevics (Lat) Amore & Vita  
DNFPatrik Moren (Swe) Amore & Vita  
DNFNiv Libner (Isr) Amore & Vita  
DNFUri Martins (Mex) Amore & Vita  
DNFBendeguz Bernard (Hun) Hungary  
DNFPeter Simon (Hun) Hungary  
DNFIstvan Cziraki (Hun) Hungary  
DNFIstvan Molnar (Hun) Hungary  
DNFMaté Radonics (Hun) Hungary  
DNFMarton Solymosi (Hun) Hungary  
DNFZoltan Vigh (Hun) Hungary  
DNFEnrico Rossi (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team  
DNFRoberto Cesaro (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team  
DNFDavid John McLean (GBr) Meridiana Kamen Team  
DNFLuka Grubic (Cro) Meridiana Kamen Team  
DNFWouter Wippert (Ned) Netherlands  
DNFKay Welten (Ned) Netherlands  
DNFGijs Strating (Ned) Netherlands  
DNFSimone Boifava (Ita) Team Idea  
DNFLuca Dodi (Ita) Team Idea  
DNFAristide Ratti (Ita) Team Idea  
DNFAdam Blythe (GBr) BMC Racing Team  
DNFDaniele Ratto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
DNFDanilo Di Luca (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
DNFPaolo Ciavatta (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
DNFSimone Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
DNFAndrea Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
DNFFilippo Pozzato (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia  
DNFOmar Lombardi (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
DNFFabio Felline (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
DNFJonathan Monsalve (Ven) Androni Giocattoli  
DNFTomas Aurelio Gil Martinez (Ven) Androni Giocattoli  
DNFMiguel Ubeto Aponte (Ven) Androni Giocattoli  
DNFAlessandro Bertolini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
DNFSalvatore Mancuso (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
DNFMatvey Zubov (Rus) RusVelo  
DNFDalivier Ospina Navarro (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes  
DNFRobinson Eduardo Chalapud Gomez (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes  
DNFFranck Osorio (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes  
DNFOleg Berdos (Mda) Utensilnord Named  
DNFSergio Lagana (Ita) Utensilnord Named  
DNFFabio Piscopiello (Ita) Utensilnord Named  

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