Basso's knee improving

Liquigas' Ivan Basso is back at home recuperating after racing part of the Tour of California. Basso...

Liquigas' Ivan Basso is back at home recuperating after racing part of the Tour of California. Basso withdrew prior to the individual time trial stage last Friday after injuring his right knee.

Basso is pleased enough with his progress that he's back on the bike riding in Varese.

"I am happy because in California, I fully confirmed how good I'd been feeling over the preceding weeks," said Basso. "My desire to excel was great, but at this point of the season, I can't afford to have to take a big break." Basso explained why he withdrew instead of going on to finish the race. "Having continued to race in California could have caused some complications in the healing process."

"Thanks to physiotherapy, my recovery is proceeding well with less than 100km of easy riding per day. I can return to the normal pace of training next week."

With two and a half months until the beginning of the Giro, Basso's preparation is proceeding without any major hitches.

"My work on my base is now ending," said Basso. "In the coming weeks, I will begin to focus on different loads and to increase my power. I will participate in more demanding and challenging races, so I can be in top form in May."

Basso knows it will take more than just good fitness to excel at the Giro. He credited his teammates for their continued support. "I have at my side very good riders, like Vincenzo Nibali, an athlete with huge potential. The grit and determination that he has shown in races thus far this year makes me think that he could prove to be one of the protagonists at this year's Tour."

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