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Cycling: Basso withdraws from Tour of Spain

Two-time Giro d'Italia winner Ivan Basso was forced to withdraw from the Tour of Spain on Saturday suffering from hypothermia. "Ivan Basso had to withdraw from the Vuelta after descent from Envalira. He was frozen at the limit of hypothermia," his Cannondale team confirmed on their Twitter profile, as heavy rain and freezing temperatures hit the 155.7km stage from Baga to Andorra. The Italian had been lying in seventh place in the general classification heading into the 14th stage of the race.

Cycling: Basso to lead Cannondale at Giro

Twice former winner Ivan Basso will lead Cannondale at the Tour of Italy, which begins in Naples on Saturday. The Italian team will be putting their efforts behind Slovak Peter Sagan at July's Tour de France, leaving the 35-year-old Basso to have a crack at a home treble. Winner at the Giro in 2006 and 2010, Basso has had few impressive results this season, but his team isn't worried. "Basso's results and preparation are to be expected. He's lining up the Giro," said the Italian team's sports director Stefano Zanatta.

Cycling: Basso testifies in 'Operation Puerto' trial

Top Italian cyclist Ivan Basso on Monday gave evidence in the "Operation Puerto" doping trial, claiming that he used the services of a Spanish doctor on trial to try to achieve his aim of winning the Tour de France. The two-time Tour of Italy winner, who has previously served a two-year ban in connection with the case, told a court in Madrid via videolink from Tenerife: "I won before Puerto but also after Puerto.
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