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Basso, Bruyneel and Tour..Do you believe him?

Old 04-23-07, 06:55 AM
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Basso, Bruyneel and Tour..Do you believe him?

First it looks like Disco isn't going to fight ASO over the Basso Tour ban and second I think Johan isn't being 100% truthful about Levi always being the leader at the Tour. Even Levi has said that since the Basso signing that he wasn't going into the Tour as the leader. Opinions?

From Cyclingnews this morning:

Discovery Channel boss Johan Bruyneel declined to comment regarding the decision by Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme to request riders implicated in Operación Puerto not be included on teams' starting roster for the Tour de France. Specific to Discovery Channel is rider Ivan Basso who Prudhomme does not want included in his races.

However, Cyclingnews spoke with Bruyneel following Levi Leipheimer's back-to-back stage wins at the Tour de Georgia. Bruyneel said that Leipheimer was always set to be the leader at the Tour de France and Ivan Basso the leader for the Giro d'Italia, implying that the issue with Prudhomme was settled, but without answering the one question on everyone's lips: will Ivan Basso contest the Tour de France?

"Levi at the Tour has always been the plan - it's the only Grand Tour he is going to do," said Bruyneel. "[Levi] was very strong. His performance yesterday was already very impressive - with the difference between guys like Zabriskie and O'Neill. It definitely means he is on good form. He absolutely wanted to win the stage and when we came to the bottom of the climb we made sure Janez could stay with Christian [Vande Velde.] He said he was ok and we [let Levi go.]"

When asked to comment directly on Prudhomme's remarks, Bruyneel simply said: "No comment."
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I think Bruyneel wants Basso on the tour squad, Giro or no Giro. If he was interested in contesting for the Giro again, he could've kept Savoldelli, which would have been cheaper than signing Basso.

The "no comment" line means "we'll let the lawyers hash it out".
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I saw that last night and thought it was Bruyneel playing it safe and putting a "save face" scenario out there. Seriously, if Basso can do the Tour you know they will take him. Although they may have envisioned this scenario when they signed Basso, you know they were hoping it would work out to have him at the Tour.
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Originally Posted by Namenda
I think Bruyneel wants Basso on the tour squad, Giro or no Giro. If he was interested in contesting for the Giro again, he could've kept Savoldelli, which would have been cheaper than signing Basso.

The "no comment" line means "we'll let the lawyers hash it out".
don't know. i'm sure basso was a lot cheaper in october than he was in june.
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Originally Posted by botto
don't know. i'm sure basso was a lot cheaper in october than he was in june.
Agreed. Also I think Johan is covering his arse...no way would you put the Tour in Levi's hands when you've got a proven GT winner on your team. Basso has been on the podium of the TdF twice, Levi's best finish was 6th.
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