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Old 12-20-12, 21:36
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Ballan also suffered an injured spleen and he will need two separate surgeries.

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Ballan was undergoing surgery to remove his spleen Thursday night and a decision on when and where his broken leg can be operated on will come at a later time, Dr. Testa said.
Hopefully he can recover quickly and get back to racing soon. If not BMC better hope that GVA, Hushovd, and Phinney can deliver in the cobbled races.
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Ballan also suffered an injured spleen and he will need two separate surgeries.



Hopefully he can recover quickly and get back to racing soon. If not BMC better hope that GVA, Hushovd, and Phinney can deliver in the cobbled races.
Feel sorry for Ballan, but this may even help the team perform better.
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Old 12-20-12, 21:46
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Shocking news for Ballan.
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Feel sorry for Ballan, but this may even help the team perform better.
How so? Less riders competing for leadership in the classics?
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How so? Less riders competing for leadership in the classics?
yes, more focus now, enough solid riders left to make big results in the classics. HOshovh + Phinney in P-R is ideal. GvA and Gilbert in RvV looks very good.
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Old 12-20-12, 22:44
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phuck, that sucks big time. He had a great spring this year and I was looking forward to seeing him on the cobbles in 2013.
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yes, more focus now, enough solid riders left to make big results in the classics. HOshovh + Phinney in P-R is ideal. GvA and Gilbert in RvV looks very good.
Ballan has been one of the strongest riders in Flanders the last two seasons. Losing him can only be a bad thing for BMC.
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Ballan has been one of the strongest riders in Flanders the last two seasons. Losing him can only be a bad thing for BMC.
Maybe, I think the others will deliver.
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Old 12-21-12, 07:17
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Wow with that list of injuries i fear this might be end of career for ballan. I wish him all the best, he rode very well this season in the classics and it's sad we will probably have to miss him next year.
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Old 12-21-12, 08:41
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I know that downhill where he crashed pretty well and even on warm sunny days there's some tight corners that might still be wet and bit dangerous.

Lets hope he recover asap.
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