Ride with the Champions
Ride with the Champions: Alessandro Ballan
Alessandro Ballan begins his cycling career at the age of 8 with UC Giorgione. In 1998 he becomes an amateur, in six seasons, four as an Under-23 and two as an elite, he collects 13 victories. He gets a professional contract at the beginning of 2004 with Giuseppe Saronni's Lampre. In 2006, after winning the Laigueglia Trophy and finishing fourth in the Milano-Torino and eighth in the Milano-Sanremo, he stands out in the Northern classics. In 2007 he wins the Tour of Flanders by shooting on the Grammont wall. It is September 28th 2008 is the day of his most important success: Ballan wins the World Championship in line on the Varese circuit, on the occasion he is the protagonist of a shot 2 km from the finish that allows him to break away from a group of 12 riders, including his two teammates Cunego and Rebellin. For the 2010 season he moves to the BMC Racing Team. In 2011 he is second in the Monte Paschi Strade Bianche, fourth in the Milano-Sanremo and sixth in the Paris-Roubaix. On 13 December 2012, while training with the team in Spain, during the descent of the Coll de Rates he falls breaking the femur and three ribs and having a severe trauma of the spleen, haemorrhages to the kidney and lung. On March 4, 2016, Ballan announces his retirement from competitions. His post-competitive career reserves a lot of satisfaction for Ballan, as testimonial of well-known brands and as RAI TV official commentator of the Giro d’Italia.