Great achievement of the professional Italian cyclist – Ivan Basso

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Great achievement of the professional Italian cyclist – Ivan Basso

Ivan Basso was born on 26 November, 1977 at Gallarate in Italy. He is an Italian professional road bicycle racer, and also one of the best mountain riders in the past 21st century as well. He is considered one of the best strong stage race riders. His current team is UCI ProTeam Liquigas-Cannondale.

He is a two time winner of the Giro d’ltalia, after he won the 2006 and 2010 edition of the Italian Grand Tour, whilst riding in 2006 CSC Team and 2010 Liquigas. Although, Basso admits that he was planning to use dope, due to this reason he was suspended for two years in 2007.

As an amateur, Ivan Basso ended up second in the Junior World Championships in 1995. His first big result was winning the U-23 World Championship in 1998 at Valkenburg. The Italian team shows an inspiring and dominating performance with Danilo di Luca and Renaldo Nocentini winning the second and third behind Basso. In 2000, his amateur team was riding for Amica Chips-Tacconi Sport, and he won his first victory in the 2000 Regio-tour.

In early 2001 Ivan Basso was married to Micaela, his fiancée over the past year. He moved to join the Fassa Bortolo under the supervision of director Giancarlo Ferretti. He won many victories in the 2001 season as well as he made the Tour France debut in the 2001 edition. The 2002 season started well for Basso, in the 2002 edition of the Tour de France Basso finished eleven overall, and Basso won the White Jersey.

In the tour of 2003, Basso again played well and finished seventh overall. Although it was a good result in the Tour de France but he was behind his Italian team-mate Dario Frigo in the Fassa Bortolo pecking order for the major race in Italy. After the promising start, the relationship between Basso and director Giancarlo Ferretti turned sour, because he failed to respond well to the management.

In 2004 season Basso moved in to the CSC Team under the guidance of team manger Bjarne Riis. After that, the performance of Basso improved in 2004 Tour de France and his winning stage was 12 in front of last winner Lance Armstrong. However his overall rank 28th in the 2005 in Giro and Basso returned to the Giro in 2006. He performed well in the stage one time trial. Basso and his CSC team mates won the five stages. But he lost the last stages. Basso declared that he would continue in the next pre-season plan, ride the 2006 Tour de France.

On 30 June, 2006 the management announced at a press conference that the number of riders including Ivan Basso would not participate in the 2006 Tour de France because of rumours of Blood doping from the investigation in Spain. According to the investigation Basso gave his blood sample to the Spanish Clinic. It was not official, but due to an agreement Basso was removed in the 2006 tour races.

His suspension finished on 24 October, 2008. After his return, Basso signed a two year contract with Liquigas. On 26 October, 2008 his first race being in the Japan Cup, where he located close third behind Giovanni Visconti from Turin and Damiano Cunego from Cerro Veronese. He claimed overall victory in the race Italian stage of Giro Del Trentino in April 2009. He placed fifth in the Giro d’ltalia and he also placed 4th in the 2009 Vuelta a Espana and 1st in Ac Aron

The first race for him in 2010 was 2010 Giro d’ltalia at the top of Monte Zoncolan where he won the 15th stage when his team, the Liquigas, chased a breakaway setting a pace for 150km. He out-climbed David Arroyo, who was leading the race previously, in the Maglia Rosa after the 19th stage. He kept the lead till the end of the race. He is the first in the GP di Lugano 2011.