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Ivan Basso gets all-clear after testicular cancer treatment

Tinkoff-Saxo rider was diagnosed with disease during Tour de France in July

Tinkoff-Saxo say that Ivan Basso has been given the all-clear by doctors following his treatment for testicular cancer in July.

The UCI WorldTour team announced what they said was "fabulous news" on Twitter yesterday evening.

Two-time Giro d’Italia winner Basso had been diagnosed with testicular cancer after experiencing discomfort in the saddle during the Tour de France in July following a crash on Stage 5 of the race.

He immediately left the race and was operated on at the San Raffaele hospital in Milan the following day, where his left testicle was removed.

The 37-year-old, who has one more year to run on his contract with Tinkoff-Saxo, has not raced since abandoning the Tour after the first rest day in Pau where his condition was diagnosed.

He is back in the saddle though – and last month tweeted a picture of himself leading a group ride up Box Hill in Surrey.

Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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