Jump to content

Basso to Barloworld...?


Recommended Posts

Basso may consider non-ProTour teams

Yesterday it was made official that Ivan Basso and Team CSC will part

ways after the two parties reached a mutual agreement to terminate Basso's

contract prematurely. This followed this summer's events, when the Italian

was associated with the Operaci?n Puerto investigation and was

he pulled out of competing in the Tour de France, his major objective

of the year.

Despite Basso being told by the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) that

he would be allowed to re-commence racing due to legal issues over Operaci?n

Puerto, the Italian is now on the look-out for a new team.

Basso, in an official statement regarding his contract's termination,

said, "Thanks to Bjarne Riis for the trust that he has given. Best wishes

and good luck to all of them."


The 2006 Giro d'Italia winner has continued training since his last race,

the final day of the Italian grand tour, on May 28. "At this point I have

not signed a new contract," said Basso to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"I have been training with the bike in which I won the Giro."

The 28 year-old has allegedly been in contact with ProTour teams Discovery

Channel and Milram, but neither team will confirm that a contract has

been offered.

"I am also able to join with a non-ProTour project, with fixed technical

and economic guarantees," continued Basso, who has considered Barloworld,

directed by Claudio Corti.

Although there is the risk is that a non-ProTour team is at the mercy

of the Grand Tour organizers to be offered a wild card selection, Basso

said, "The setup is interesting because in three years Barloworld could

become strong like CSC."

In the past, Discovery Channel is said to have expressed interest in

hiring the Italian, but the Italian chose to renew with Riis' CSC.

Bruyneel is currently in the east for the Japan Cup and is yet to comment

on the speculation that the Italian is now free to join the American team.


"When I return, I would like to already have everything in order," continued

Basso. "I would be happy to leave for vacation knowing my new team jersey."

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Imagine Racing him in South Africa. Wonder if he would make up hekpoort in the big chainring!


um.....did we ever see Astarloa here ?
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Imagine Racing him in South Africa. Wonder if he would make up hekpoort in the big chainring!


That would not be a big deal, Robbie McIntosh used to ride up there on the big blade every time
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Settings My Forum Content My Followed Content Forum Settings Ad Messages My Ads My Favourites My Saved Alerts My Pay Deals Help Logout