Basso in Tirreno to verify fitness

Ivan Basso, Discovery Channel's new star signing, will race the 2007 Tirreno-Adriatico to verify his...

Ivan Basso, Discovery Channel's new star signing, will race the 2007 Tirreno-Adriatico to verify his form, especially after having crashed last month. The 29 year-old Varese took a tumble in Tour of California stage one, in Santa Rosa, which resulted in a banged right knee.

"For now the only objectives that count are the ones that will allow me to re-win the Giro d'Italia," he said to Rai Sport. Basso will start in the Corsa dei Due Mari this Wednesday, March 14.

"I don't want thwart my preparations for the Giro," he finished. After the Giro, Basso will point for the Tour de France, which he was unable to start last year due to Operación Puerto investigations, and the Time Trial World Championships in Stuttgart.

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