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Basso optimistic before testicular cancer surgery

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Ivan Basso gets off the team bus

Ivan Basso gets off the team bus (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Ivan Basso (Tinkoff-Saxo)

Ivan Basso (Tinkoff-Saxo) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Maglia rosa Ivan Basso on the Passo di Mortirolo with Gilberto Simoni for company

Maglia rosa Ivan Basso on the Passo di Mortirolo with Gilberto Simoni for company (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Alberto Contador and Ivan Basso

Alberto Contador and Ivan Basso
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Ivan Basso (Tinkoff-Saxo)

Ivan Basso (Tinkoff-Saxo) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)

Ivan Basso and his Tinkoff-Saxo team have revealed he will undergo surgery in Milan on Wednesday after being diagnosed with testicular cancer while riding the Tour de France.

The Italian discovered he had testicular cancer after a series of test on Monday morning in Pau during the rest day. He had been complaining of some pain after a crash on stage 5 and the tests revealed he had a small tumour on his left testicle. It seems that Basso’s crash led to an early diagnosis of his cancer, improving his chances of a positive prognosis.