Ballan and Cunego pleased with Strade Bianche showings

Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) was the hugely impressive winner of Saturday’s Montepaschi Strade Bianche, but his two Italian dauphins in Siena also declared themselves to be pleased with their outing in Tuscany. Alessandro Ballan (BMC) repeated his second-place finish of 2008, the year of his world title victory, while Damiano Cunego (Lampre-ISD) came home in third on his first appearance in the event.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.