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

Ivan Basso has withdrawn from the Giro d'Italia just two days before this year's race starts in Naples, due to a cyst on one of his buttocks - according to Italian media reports Basso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.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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picko [68 posts] 2 years ago
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How ironic - he was a boil on the arse of cycling for years  19

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Colin Peyresourde [1636 posts] 2 years ago
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perhaps he can't be arsed to win.

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Colin Peyresourde [1636 posts] 2 years ago
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Hopefully he can get to the bottom of things and find out what caused this problem....

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Roberj4 [214 posts] 2 years ago
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Strange when ever Basso's mentioned Armstrong is to. I think he should be it medically 'Lanced'  21

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Super Domestique [1596 posts] 2 years ago
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I'm sure he will always insist (in cyst - see what I did there?) on his innocence.

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WolfieSmith [1244 posts] 2 years ago
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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....  4

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Mpittick [14 posts] 2 years ago
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Without EPO not a reall contender and has never been same rider since Those days. Giro better off without him.

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bigant [43 posts] 2 years ago
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For some reason I want pictures.

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mingmong [253 posts] 2 years ago
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Don't know how he's got the cheeks

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Coleman [331 posts] 2 years ago
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The size of a lemon?

A bitter pill to swallow?

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sanderville [313 posts] 2 years ago
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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.

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Argy [138 posts] 2 years ago
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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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Argy [138 posts] 2 years ago
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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!  46