The 40th Premio Sport, founded by the Toscana town of Camaiore, has been awarded to Ivan Basso. Giampaolo Bertola, town's mayor, announced the winner on Sunday, December 3.
The rider from Varese won this year's Giro d'Italia before but then had his latter-half of 2006 dominated by allegations of involvement with Doctor Eufemiano Fuentes. The Spanish doctor was at the centre of the Operación Puerto investigation, which, along with Basso, has involved other top cyclists.
Cyclingnews' recent coverage of 'Operación Puerto'
April 2, 2009 - Valverde indignant over possible suspension
April 1, 2009 - Valverde: Italy requests two-year suspension
March 13, 2009 - Le Monde newspaper hit with fine over Puerto allegations
March 2, 2009 - WADA president Fahey asks for Puerto evidence
February 24, 2009 - Spanish federation seeks access to Puerto blood bags
February 20, 2009 - CONI considers Valverde case while UCI awaits verdict
February 19, 2009 - Valverde under criminal investigation
February 11, 2009 - Valverde summonsed for Operación Puerto in Italy
February 8, 2009 - Eight charged in Operación Puerto