Italian Ivan Basso to quit Tour de France due to testicular cancer
Italian rider Ivan Basso is quitting the Tour de France after revealing yesterday he has testicular cancer
Pau (France): Italian rider Ivan Basso is quitting the Tour de France after revealing yesterday he has testicular cancer.
The two-time former Giro d’Italia winner was to be a key support rider for one of the favourites, Alberto Contador, in the mountain stages beginning today. But instead the 37-year-old -- who has previously served a two-year doping ban -- said he is heading back to Italy for treatment.
Ivan Basso. Pic/AFP
"Unfortunately. I have a bad announcement to give to you guys," Basso said at the Tinkoff-Saxo team’s hotel in Pau on yesterday’s rest day. "In Stage No 5, I had a really small crash and on the crash I touched my testicle on the saddle. For a few days I felt some pain. Yesterday (Sunday) our doctor spoke with the doctor of the Tour and we decided to go to make a special analysis in hospital. The examination gave me bad news: I have a small cancer in the left testicle. So, it’s easy to understand that I have to stop and go back to Italy. Our doctor is already in contact with the specialist in Italy to fix the operation as soon as possible. I can’t say to you more details because we discovered this two hours ago, so that’s all."