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Old 12-21-12, 11:32
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Poor Ballan he was going very well this last few season despite all that mess about the Mantova investigation that always came up during the classics season. Maybe Gilbert will step up in Flanders again, I would prefer to see him winning there than in Liège. The only upside is that the team will probably be more structured around one leader with only maybe Van Avermaet riding a free role in Flanders.
Bad news for BMC, Hushovd a season out still to prove he can be competitive and now Ballan... There's always Quinziato, Burghardt to guide Phinney in Roubaix I guess.
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Old 12-21-12, 12:15
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Maybe, I think the others will deliver.
I think in your scenario of more focus it would have been better if they didn't lose their strongest cobbles rider... Hushovd, Burghardt, Quinziato, Phinney won't be there in the final of Flanders. Maybe Gilbert, depends on his form.
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Old 12-21-12, 12:18
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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.
did you even read his injuries? this might as well eb career over, and definitely won;'t be back until late next season
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Old 12-21-12, 12:23
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Reminds me of Wout Poels, who also managed to come back, so there´s hope.
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Old 12-21-12, 17:22
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did you even read his injuries? this might as well eb career over, and definitely won;'t be back until late next season
Yes, I read his injuries, so? The injuries could be career ending but I still hope he can recover from them and get back to racing.
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Old 12-21-12, 17:58
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Reminds me of Wout Poels, who also managed to come back, so there´s hope.
Poels had a ruptured kidney, and yes a few broken ribs as well, but I don't really see the similarity?
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Old 12-21-12, 19:18
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Femur injuries are by far the worst injuries for cyclists, so he will be lucky if he can get back to a good level.
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Old 12-21-12, 19:46
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Poels had a ruptured kidney, and yes a few broken ribs as well, but I don't really see the similarity?
I just mean the seriousness of both...
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Old 12-21-12, 19:55
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I just mean the seriousness of both...
If you're looking for a similar recent incident, maybe Gesink is a better comparison. He broke his femur in three places.
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Old 12-21-12, 21:37
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If you're looking for a similar recent incident, maybe Gesink is a better comparison. He broke his femur in three places.
Or Gerdemann, who took about 3 years to return to a somewhat decent level (I thought he was doing ok last year)
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