Italian Alessandro Ballan confirmed that he is on track for the Tour of Flanders with a close but convincing win in the Three Days of De Panne. The Lampre rider finished the four-stage, three day race just six seconds up on Rabobank?s Joost Posthuma and 11 ahead of Bart Roesems of the Predictor-Lotto team.

Whilst not winning a single stage, Ballan had placed consistently throughout the race. After forming part of a two-up breakaway on stage one with fellow Italian Luca Paolini (Liquigas), the 27-year-old was well-placed in the two bunch sprints which followed on Wednesday and Thursday morning (the latter won by Geert Steegmans of the Quick Step squad). Finally Ballan was not too far off the pace in the final 11 kilometre time trial on Thursday afternoon, won by Discovery Channel?s Stijn Devolder.

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