Ivan Basso

Winner of the Giro d'Italia in 2006, 2010

Ivan Basso (born 26 November 1977, in Gallarate, Province of Varese ) is an Italian racing cyclist.

  • 3.1 Placements in the Grand Tours



Basso was 1998 U23 World Champion. He has been a professional cyclist in 1999, went from 2001 to 2003 for the Italian team Fassa Bortolo and stood from 2004 to 2006 the Danish team CSC under the contract, which was led by former Tour winner Bjarne Riis. He is regarded as militant climber, with its liquid, round style appeals especially cycling esthete. Ivan Basso is also a good time trialist.

The 2002 Tour de France he finished as the best young rider in 11th place in the overall rating. At the Tour de France 2003, he reached the finish in Paris in seventh overall. In the 2004 Tour de France he won the 12th stage of Castelsarrasin to La Mongie. In the end, he finished in 3rd place in the overall standings after he was still trapped in the final time trial of Andreas Klöden.


When he took part in the Giro d' Italia in 2005, he was one of the favorites and could conquer the first serious mountain stage the pink leader's jersey. Due to a stomach upset he lost two days later, in another mountain stage 45 minutes. Thus he had the pink jersey give back and could no longer intervene in the race for the overall victory. However, he did not get out and recovered in the following days again, so that he then two consecutive stages in the Giro 2005 - won - a mountain stage and a time trial.

In the subsequent Tour de France he could surpass last year's result and finished at the end of the 2nd place. He was greatly improved in the time trial and made mainly due to the severe stages through the Pyrenees a good figure. On the podium in Paris, the seven -time Tour winner Lance Armstrong referred to him as his " crown prince ".

After his victory at the prestigious Critérium International Basso was announced, his goal is both to win the 2006 Giro d' Italia and the Tour de France.

Victory in the Giro and doping allegations

In fact, he won on the first mountaintop finish the pink jersey and built the lead as the second in the individual time trial further. He also dominated the heavy Alps stages, of which he won two. On 28 May 2006 he drove as a winner in Milan.

Due to a possible involvement in the doping scandal Fuentes, he and several other top guys out one day before the start of the 2006 Tour de France from the race and suspended from his team.

On 12 October 2006, the National Olympic Committee of Italy ( CONI ) announced that it will initially be no doping case against Basso. Thus Basso is allowed to start again. In the two days that run on this Tour of Lombardy, however, he did not start because CSC team manager Bjarne Riis spoke out against it.

Change to Discovery Channel

A few days after this announcement, he received a contract offer from Discovery Channel. Shortly thereafter ended Basso and Team CSC mutual agreement their cooperation.

On 24 October 2006 can be stated that this change to the Discovery Channel is now perfect and he will now go to the start under the leadership of Johan Bruyneel in 2007 a ​​Dutch cycling website. Since the team was breaking the code of ethics of the UCI ProTour, the association of leading wheel racing teams IPCT originally planned to exclude it from the ProTour, the vote was but just in favor of Discovery from.

Commitment by Liquigas

In April 2008 it was announced that Basso was taken by the Italian team Liquigas under contract. Then the other teams in the UCI ProTour precluded the team from the union AIGCP. Basso signed a two-year contract and should start from 2009 for Liquigas. After the positive doping test by Manuel Beltran Tour Liquigas was also excluded due to the commitment of the Basso's Vuelta, should the B sample Beltran also be positive. On 26 October 2008, he was the first of the generation Fuentes his comeback at the Japan Cup. In 2009, he contested the first Giro d' Italia since his suspension, he finished as fourth overall. A year later he repeated his overall victory at the Giro d' Italia in 2006, initiated by his stage win in the uphill finish on Monte Zoncolan.


Ivan Basso was one of the athletes whose name was associated with the doping affair surrounding the team doctor of Liberty Seguros, Eufemiano Fuentes called. Shortly after the announcement of a possible link Basso denies any involvement in the scandal, but he was expelled along with other drivers as a precaution from the 2006 Tour de France.

On 12 October 2006, the National Olympic Committee of Italy decided after several postponements in advance that the proceedings against Ivan Basso initially set because the evidence was not sufficient to bring charges.

In April 2007, new allegations against Basso were known, which should confirm the hitherto are denying contact with Fuentes. On April 24, 2007 Ivan Basso was suspended by the team Discovery after new allegations in connection with the doping affair Fuentes were known. On April 30 it was announced that his contract was terminated with Discovery Channel, at his request because he did not want to stand in the way of the team. On 2 May, Basso Olympic Committee CONI had to answer charges of doping allegations against him yet again of the Italian.

On 7 May 2007 Basso admitted to have worked with the sports doctor Fuentes. He agreed to help in the investigation of the doping scandal. He faces a ban of up to two years. In the media, these statements were considered as doping confession. On 8 May 2007, he denied the other hand, at a press conference ever having doped. He had such manipulations only planned, but not executed. On 15 June 2007 the Italian Cycling Federation FCI him locked up because of planned doping for two years.



  • U23 Road World Champion


  • Young Classification Tour de France


  • A stage of the Tour de France
  • Giro dell'Emilia


  • Two stages of the Giro d' Italia
  • Appreciation and four stages of Tour of Denmark


  • Appreciation and a stage Critérium International
  • Overall and three stages of the Giro d' Italia


  • Appreciation, a stage and team time trial Giro d' Italia
  • Gran Premio Industria e Commercio Artigianato Carnaghese
  • Japan Cup

Rankings in the Grand Tours

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