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Ballan prepares for Roubaix

"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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