Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018
ROME

Cycling: Twice former champ Basso pulls out of Giro

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Rome, May 2 - Two-time champion Ivan Basso has
pulled out of this year's Giro d'Italia two days before it
begins because of injury.
Basso's Cannondale team said the 35-year-old rider has a
cyst caused by saddle sore that stops him from pedalling
properly.
Basso, who is famed for his climbing abilities, won the
Giro in 2006 and 2010, but he was not seen as one of the
favourites for the world's second-biggest stage race this year.
"The injury was really unexpected. I'm truly very sad not
to be able to take part," Basso told state broadcaster Rai.
"I was ready to face it in the best way and I'm convinced I
would have done well.
"My morale is in bits. It's the race I love most. But I'll
certainly return next year and I'll be even stronger".
The three-week Giro starts in Naples on Saturday and
finishes in Brescia on May 26.

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