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The “B-Factor” to mark 36th Giro : Ballan and Basso building-up with new goals 2012

Ballan could wear Giro del Trentino leader's jersey after opening TTT. Basso will try to repeat his 2010 overall win

4/9/12

The “B-Factor” is set to characterize the upcoming Giro del Trentino, from April 17th to 20th, moving from Riva del Garda to Passo Pordoi. “B” doesn’t stand for Boonen, the Lord of Classics after his Flanders-Roubaix double, and now set for some well-deserved rest (and tough Trentino’s routes wouldn’t have suited him anyway!). “B” has a lot to do with Alessandro Ballan, who stepped on the podium at both Flanders and Roubaix (third in either  occasions), and is now approaching  Giro del Trentino with the clear mind of an established champion whose career was relaunched  after a couple of troubled seasons. “The Giro del Trentino is clearly beyond my reach – former World Champion explains – but it’s going to be a key fixture in the setup of Giro d’Italia, where I will go for some good results.” Actually, Ballan has a concrete chance to move atop the overall and wear Giro del Trentino leader’s jersey: his BMC Team is one of the favourites for the opening team time trial, from Riva to Arco.

Still about  “B-Factor”, different goals but big ambitions for Ivan Basso, who still thinks of clinching his third Giro d’Italia title despite the heavy crash at Paris-Nice affecting  his early season schedule. But to do so, the Giro del Trentino represents a key juncture. It’s not a case that Ivan will travel to Trentino some days ahead of time, and will be welcomed in the Mocheni’s valley by Father Daniele Laghi, riders’ and Giro del Trentino’s spiritual consultant, to sustain some tough training sessions,  including a reconnaissance  on the route of Giro d’Italia stage16, Limone sul Garda-Falzes.  According to reports, Ivan is in great mood, and willing to try and repeat his 2010 overall win at Giro del Trentino.

For Ballan, Basso and all of the top riders at the start, the 36th Giro del Trentino will be a major scene, with its live coverage on both Raisport2 and Eurosport on all four stages. With a week to go (preliminary operations in Arco on Monday April 16th, first stage on Tuesday), the 2012 edition is widely expected to be one of the most spectacular ever, with the brand-new finishes in Sant’Orsola Terme and Punta Veleno and a grand finale on legendary Passo Pordoi.

Photo: Alessandro Ballan in the action at Paris-Roubaix (Bettini)

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