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Italy's Ballan cleared to race after doping probe

Italy's Ballan cleared to race after doping probe

Former world cycling champion Alessandro Ballan has been cleared to resume racing after his team investigated his alleged doping.
BMC Racing said on Friday it could not find any indication that the 30-year-old Italian was involved in doping with his former team Lampre.
The Swiss-backed American team withdrew Ballan from competition last month after Lampre riders were connected to a police probe in Mantova, Italy.
Team president Jim Ochowicz said he would "respect the presumption of innocence" and allow Ballan to race.
Ballan won the road race world title in 2008, and the Tour of Flanders one-day classic in 2007.
It's his first season at BMC, alongside current world champion Cadel Evans and American veteran George Hincapie.