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A Clean Victory for Basso

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a clean victory for basso 300x188   A Clean Victory for BassoIvan Basso elated his fans with his stunning win yesterday on one of the most rugged mountains in cycling, the Monte Zoncolan. However it did raise some doubts due to a doping suspension he served. He was involved in Operacion Puerto and was never been the same since then.

Basso promised to be clean in all ethical manners and trained with Aldo Sassi. He claimed that his victory was in good faith and all in guts, sweat and skill.

He said, “My hematocrit values, training mileage, the cols that I’ve climbed, everything is easy to check,” while showing his readings on line since he made his comeback and added, “I follow the strict line of the team, and that line is also my own.”

Sassi who is suffering from a brain tumor assured that his riders Cadel Evans and Ivan Basso are riding clean in the race. He declared, “Cycling has improved a…

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Basso Beats Evans at Monte Zoncolan

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basso beats evans at monte zoncolan 300x169   Basso Beats Evans at Monte ZoncolanCadel Evans and Ivan Basso are aiming for the win at the Giro. Both are privileged to have the Italian Alberto Sassi as their coach. Sassi, earlier last month was diagnosed to be suffering from brain cancer and predicted one or the other of his “sons” would win.

On the punishing 222 km 15th stage race, Evans and Basso were the toughest athletes on the field fitting each other. The 2006 champion Basso prevailed.

On the much feared Monte Zoncolan climb to the finish, the duo disposed of everyone. It was a 10.1 km climb with an average of 11.9 percent gradient and Basso distanced himself from Evans with 3.7 km to go for the finish. He won by 79 seconds over Evans and rose to third overall behind David Arroyo of Spain.

The 25 year old Tasmanian and former race leader Richie Porte held on for the second place overall at 2:35…

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Ivan Basso Extends Contract with Liquigas

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Italian Ivan Basso has extended with Team Liquigas for another two years. Allegedly, he did so after his former team, Saxo Bank, made him another offer. Basso has signed with the team through 2012, with the option for a third year. He has been with Liquigas since returning from a two-year doping suspension. Team Saxo Bank had to withdraw their offer because of lack of sponsors and other financial difficulties….

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Ivan Basso will be Returning to the Tour in 2010

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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 will not race for the classification and our two young guys 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.

Via CyclingNews….

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Ivan Basso Returning to Tour de France?

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Italian cyclist Ivan Basso may be returning to the Tour de France for the 2010 season. He will decide next month with his team, Liquigas, if he will be riding in the Giro d’Italia, the Tour de France, or both. Basso is no stranger when it comes to grand tours, as he won the 2006 Giro d’Italia, and placed second behind Lance Armstrong at the 2005 Tour de France. “When I saw the Tour route I said, ‘very cool’ to myself. The Tour is the Tour. I like it all: the pavé, climbs, descents. Like the Giro, when you love something, you love all parts of it,” says Basso. “The Giro, Tour and Vuelta give me the strongest feelings. The Giro because I am Italian, I have already won it, and I want to win it again….

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