Two-time Giro d'Italia champion Ivan Basso out of this year's race

Cyst on buttock 'the size of a lemon' means Italian misses out on chance to challenge for third maglia rosa

by Simon_MacMichael   May 2, 2013  

Ivan Basso (copyright Federico Bernini, LaPresse)

Ivan Basso has withdrawn from the Giro d'Italia just two days before this year's race starts in Naples, due to a cyst on one of his buttocks - according to Italian media reports Basso said it was 'the size of a lemon'. In a statement, the two-time Giro winner's Cannondale team said "It was clear there was no chance of Ivan pedalling during the next days."

The 35-year-old from the province of Varese, Lombardy, won the maglia rosa in 2006 while riding with Team CSC, and again in 2010 with his current outfit when it was known as Liquigas-Doimo.

Since that last win, however, he has struggled to genuinely challenge at Grand Tour level - in last year's Giro he was a peripheral figure among the GC challengers, finishing fifth overall, and in 2011 came seventh overall in the Tour de France.

Basso, who finished second to Lance Armstrong in the 2005 Tour - the American has of course been stripped of that title, but the win will not be reassigned - was expected to have only an outside chance of victory in this year's Giro, where Team Sky's Sir Bradley Wiggins and Astana's Vincenzo Nibali are tipped as the most likely winners.

Recently, Basso gave evidence in the Operacion Puerto trial in Spain. He himself received a two-year ban for his part in the scandal in 2007, although he always insisted he never actually doped, but only thought about doing so.

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How ironic - he was a boil on the arse of cycling for years Devil

you can’t ride two bikes with one arse

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posted by picko [39 posts]
2nd May 2013 - 11:22

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perhaps he can't be arsed to win.

posted by Colin Peyresourde [1199 posts]
2nd May 2013 - 12:55

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Hopefully he can get to the bottom of things and find out what caused this problem....

posted by Colin Peyresourde [1199 posts]
2nd May 2013 - 12:59

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Strange when ever Basso's mentioned Armstrong is to. I think he should be it medically 'Lanced' Laughing

posted by Roberj4 [202 posts]
2nd May 2013 - 13:00

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I'm sure he will always insist (in cyst - see what I did there?) on his innocence.

posted by Super Domestique [1653 posts]
2nd May 2013 - 13:05

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Moving away from the punning for a second... You're a hard man Simon; surely fifth and seventh at the Giro and TDF respectively are a bit better than 'peripheral'?

I would define the periphery to start at maybe eighth - or even the second pop up GC page on the telly?

On my club chainy fifth is pretty good - unless it's a field of 5.... Big Grin

Silly me. You're probably right....

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posted by MercuryOne [1093 posts]
2nd May 2013 - 15:44

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Without EPO not a reall contender and has never been same rider since Those days. Giro better off without him.

posted by Mpittick [12 posts]
2nd May 2013 - 16:29

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For some reason I want pictures.

posted by bigant [39 posts]
3rd May 2013 - 2:13

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Don't know how he's got the cheeks

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posted by mingmong [213 posts]
3rd May 2013 - 10:27

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The size of a lemon?

A bitter pill to swallow?

posted by Coleman [329 posts]
3rd May 2013 - 15:57

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Whatever his penchant for home chemistry sets may be, if he really has a big cyst on his backside then I sympathise. Surely we've all been there?

With our own personal saddle-sore experience I mean, not up Basso's scrofulous chamois area.

493rd in GC Fantasy TdF 2014

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posted by Sanderville [229 posts]
3rd May 2013 - 16:02

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Mpittick wrote:
Without EPO not a reall contender and has never been same rider since Those days. Giro better off without him.

2nd that

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posted by Argy [147 posts]
3rd May 2013 - 22:34

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Sanderville wrote:
Whatever his penchant for home chemistry sets may be, if he really has a big cyst on his backside then I sympathise. Surely we've all been there?

With our own personal saddle-sore experience I mean, not up Basso's scrofulous chamois area.

Agree, saddle sores are not nice! Sigh

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posted by Argy [147 posts]
3rd May 2013 - 22:36

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