Ivan Basso, suspended from racing for two years, has passed the month of July training and refused to watch the Tour de France.
"The Tour happens how it should happen," said the 29 year-old to La Gazzetta dello Sport while attending the presentation of the Tre Valli Varesine (August 21).
"I refused to watch it. I preferred to train everyday, with constancy, to make myself ready incase there is a reduction [in his two year sentence - ed.] and for the idea of riding the 2008 Worlds, at my home."
The 2008 World Championships are to be held in Basso's home region of Varese, September 28. The Italian was suspended by his national federation for involvement with Doctor Eufemiano Fuentes on June 15 and would be allowed to return to racing October 24, 2008.