Alessandro Ballan: "Flanders will be a big lottery."

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01.04.2008/ Lampre's Alessandro Ballan abandoned Sundays Brabantse Pijl but the defending champ is ready for the 2008 edition of Flanders. "Flanders will be a big lottery."

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Alessandro Ballan would like to defend his title ( Cyclingheroes)

Alessandro Ballan (Lampre) did not impress during last weekends GP E3 Harelbeke and Brabantse Pijl but that doesn't worry last years winner of Three Days of De Panne and Tour of Flanders.

Ballan told Belgian daily newsaper 'Het Laatste Nieuws': "I mainly came to train. To repeat my victory at the Tour of Flanders still is my dream."

"I prefer to win again in Meerbeke than a first win in Paris - Roubaix." But first things first. Ballan is also defending champ of Three Days of De Panne, which starts today. Ballan said: "But first the Three Days and then w'll see what Flanders will bring. That will be a big lottery anyway."

"Its hard to overview the candidates for victory. Maybe I should suprise them in the final kilometres," Ballan said.
Its not easy to be defending champ of Flanders. "I will face a tough day, I am very well aware of that."

"I feel the pressure, not only from the media but also from the team. On the other hand I have already won 'De Ronde'. I just should take care that I will be ver strong on Sunday," Ballan concluded.

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