Italian cyclist Ivan Basso will be returning to the Tour de France in 2010, four years after he left just before the tour and the beginning of Operacion Puerto. He will be co-captain of team Liquigas at the Giro d’Italia alongside Franco Pellizotti, and he will also be one of three leaders in July at the Tour. “I have the most experience of us for the Tour. Franco [Pellizotti] will not race for the classification and our two young guys [Vincenzo Nibali and Roman Kreuziger] will join me on the team. They will have more freedom if I am there with the big stars,” says Basso. He is just returning this year after two years of suspension due to the Operacion Puerto doping investigation.