The Italian discovered he had testicular cancer after a series of test on Monday morning in Pau during the rest day. He had been complaining of some pain after a crash on stage 5 and the tests revealed he had a small tumour on his left testicle. It seems that Basso’s crash led to an early diagnosis of his cancer, improving his chances of a positive prognosis.
After revealing the news of his cancer in a press conference alongside an emotional Alberto Contador, Basso flew home to Italy and saw renowned urologist Professor Francesco Montorsi in Milan on Tuesday morning. He then spoke to Gazzetta dello Sport; keen to show he is optimistic and upbeat despite his sudden diagnosis and withdrawal from the Tour de France.
“I’m going to have surgery tomorrow (Wednesday). Professor Montorsi is a special person, he helps you feel good. I’m feeling good and tomorrow will be a great day,” Basso said with a smile in a video interview with Gazzetta dello Sport.
“The professor wanted to see the details of my diagnosis and understand my case, and tomorrow, after the operation, he’ll say how it’s gone. There’s a lot of optimism and I’m confident about things.”
Basso thanked everyone for their messages of support.
"All the guys, and especially Alberto, showed me their full support, as did everyone in the cycling world. Cycling is full of good people. We fight and race against each other but in difficult times were very united. I can only thank everyone for their support again and be optimistic that everything will be okay.”
In a brief statement, the Tinkoff-Saxo team also confirmed that Basso will undergo surgery “in order to clarify the nature of the problem and reach its resolution.”
The team also stated that ”experts explained that there is no correlation between the testicular lesion and the sports activity of Ivan Basso.”