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November 09, 2006

Basso-Discovery reaction

VeloNews | Basso feels “reborn” after inking Discovery deal

cyclingnews.com | Basso “happy” with Discovery contract while ProTour teams react

New Discovery Channel team leader Ivan Basso told La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian) his new team has promised to let him pursue the Giro-Tour double, as he intended to in 2006.

From VeloNews:

“I'm incredibly happy. It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say it's a new life for me - I feel reborn," Basso said. "The squad are committed to supporting me in the double challenge of the Tour of Italy and the Tour de France.

“It's a project that fills me with enthusiasm. The team and I have the same ambitions. Now I am thinking about taking a week's holiday, somewhere hot, and near the sea. Then I will think about 2007.”

Apparently, a number of other managers believed the International Association of Professional Cycling Teams had a gentleman's agreement (read was colluding) to keep Operación Puerto associated riders from signing new contracts unless they undergo a DNA test.

Bjarne Riis, translated by CyclingNews:

“In his events I have lost too. I am left without the best in the world, but I also risked my team disappearing,” said the Dane to La Gazzetta dello Sport Wednesday afternoon. “Only a few days ago, the ProTour teams had expressed their intentions to no longer engage the riders entangled with Operación Puerto in addition to requiring a DNA test. In reality, in the end, the interests of individuals prevail while the initiatives go disregarded.”

Disco Camp starts December 3rd in Austin.

Posted by Frank Steele on November 9, 2006 in Ivan Basso | Permalink