Basso optimistic

Ivan Basso (CSC) is tipped as being one of Lance Armstrong's most dangerous challengers during this year's Tour. After finishing third last year, Basso has improved another notch this year, even if he couldn't completely demonstrate it during the Giro. But coming into the Tour, Basso is confident that he is up to the task.

"I don't know where I'm at in comparison with Ullrich or Armstrong," he told L'Equipe. "But I know that I've done everything to be ready and that I'll attack Armstrong when I can."

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