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Basso making Italian racing comeback

Ivan Basso (Liquigas)

Ivan Basso (Liquigas) (Image credit: Hitoshi Omae (Jpn) / PhotoSport International)

The 14th edition of the GP Costa degli Etruschi in Italy on Saturday will mark the return of Ivan Basso to professional racing in Italy. Basso resumed racing late last fall in Japan after completing his suspension for attempted doping in conjunction with Operación Puerto. The race will start in San Vincenzo and end 193km later in Donoratico.

"I am happy to be reunited with the Italian fans," said Basso. "I cannot deny that some emotion is there."

Basso predicted his Liquigas team would work for Jacopo Guarnieri if the race were to come down to a final sprint.

Liquigas for GP Costa degli Etruschi: Ivan Basso, Vincenzo Nibali, Kjell Carlström, Jacopo Guarnieri and Alessandro Vanotti.

CSF Group-Navigare for GP Costa degli Etruschi: Giuseppe Lanzoni, Mauro Abel Richeze, Marco Frapporti, Pavarin, Bisolti, Stortoni, Gaia, Marangoni, and Mauro Finetto

Lampre-NGC for GP Costa degli Etruschi: Mauro Abel Richeze, Marco Frapporti, Michele Gaia, Enrico Zen, Marcello Pavarin, Mauro Finetto, Alan Marangoni, Alessandro Bisolti