Ivan Basso may still be suspended for another year, but the Italian is keeping in shape, actively preparing for his comeback which realistically can be only in the 2009 season. La Gazzetta dello Sport reported that Basso has done 30,000 training kilometres this year, compared to 35,000 two years ago.
Basso was often training with his neighbours, Daniele Nardello and Stefano Zanini. It has helped the rider from the Lombardy region to keep close to his race weight of 70 kilograms. The big unknown will be which team is ready to sign him when he is making it back to the peloton. He will be prevented from signing for a ProTour team before 2010. Rumours connect him with Barloworld and Italian team LPR so far.