Loved his aggressiveness on the weekend. He gave all he had and proved that he was not merely content to follow Lance and wait for an opportunity. He pushed the pace to the best of his abilities and pushed Lance as much as anyone I've seen. Lance was certainly up to the task and matched any acceleration Basso made, but props to Basso for trying all he could to be the aggressor.
Also, props for doing all this after riding the Giro. I think we've seen the next Giro/Tour double winner. It'd be great to see him do it in the future. I think Pantani was the last in '97.
Props also to Lance for proving (not that he had any proving to do ) that he is more than just a follower of the Blue Train until the last climb of a mountain stage. He was truly pushed and tired, but he would not give an inch. I think he had a bit left if he really needed it, but he was thankful he didn't.
Originally Posted by Basso from Cyclingnews.com