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Monday, December 05, 2005

Ivan Basso - Naiive or Balls of Steel?

Ivan Basso has announced that he will once again attempt to ride for the Giro/Tour double.  Given his experience in both this year (he was looking like the champion-elect in the Giro until stricken with a stomach bug - which he rode through (losing 45 minutes or so) and went on to win a mountain stage and the final TT, and once again the only man to hang with Lance in the high mountains at the Tour), he could well bring a welcome return to cycling of riders that race races because they are important (the Tour) and because of their own personal passion (the Giro). 
I suppose in Lance's case, that was the same thing - he was passionate only about the most important race, but I think it's great that the top riders in the post-Lance era are going back to the way things used to be and racing more of the calendar than just one or two key races.