RVV winner's story: Battling Belgian cobbles

All smiles: Alessandro Ballan

All smiles: Alessandro Ballan (Image credit: Gregor Brown)

While he wasn't high on the list of possible winners leading into the Ronde van Vlaanderen, after taking victory at the Belgian Spring Classic Alessandro Ballan will be a marked man in the ProTour peloton. Cyclingnews' Gregor Brown spoke with the Italian as he rolled into Meerbeke on the weekend.

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