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Ivan Basso to race Milano-Sanremo

By:
Brecht Decaluwé
Published:
December 31, 2006, 0:00 GMT,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 23:41 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News for December 31, 2006

Friday, when receiving the 40th Premio Sport in Camaiore (near Lucca, Toscana), Ivan Basso commented...

Friday, when receiving the 40th Premio Sport in Camaiore (near Lucca, Toscana), Ivan Basso commented that he would race La Classicissima, Milano-Sanremo. He confirmed to La Gazzetta dello Sport that he will race to win the 2007 Giro d'Italia and Tour de France and added "I will also be at Sanremo, I want to see how the finish will go. ... Sanremo is alluring to me."

Basso last competed in, and finished, the spring-time race in 2002 with Fassa Bortolo. Five years later, with Discovery Channel, he will be hoping for a re-birth of sorts after an up and down 2006, which saw him win the Giro before being booted out of the Tour for alleged links to Eufemiano Fuentes.

"I found a lot of affection from the people and many colleagues," he continued in regards to the difficult times surrounding not racing and being put on trial in Italy.

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