Cycle//Tour de France
by Jonathan Davies
Tinkoff Saxo rider Ivan Basso has been diagnosed with testicular cancer on the rest day between stages nine and ten.
Basso has withdrawn from the Tour and will undergo surgery. The two-time Giro d'Italia winner said his scans showed tumour cells in the left testicle after he complained of discomfort following the crash on stage five.
“We realised after my fall on the fifth stage,” Basso said. “That day I fell and I hit my testicle on the saddle, like so many times before.
“But it started to bother me, and then this morning we went for a visit to a famous urologist here to Pau.
“The scan showed the presence of tumour cells in the left testicle. Now I have to go straight home to have surgery”
The 37-year old joined Tinkoff Saxo at the start of the year and was a crucial part in Alberto Contador's victory at the Giro in May.
Contador said: “It’s a very tough blow to the whole team, we never imagined a day like this.
“Ivan and I have spent 120 of the past 180 days together. I’m sure we’ll be together to celebrate in Paris.”