Basso: Next stop - Tour de France

Ivan Basso is still hoping for another stage win in Saturday's key mountain stage at the Giro, but i

Ivan Basso is still hoping for another stage win in Saturday's key mountain stage at the Giro, but i

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It was mission accomplished for Ivan Basso, who shook off a crook stomach to claim a spectacular comeback victory in Thursday's climbing stage to Colle di Tenda. When a stomach bug derailed his chances for overall victory, Basso was forced to forget about maglia rosa and instead focus on winning stages. It was a psychological transition the 27 year old said wasn't easy.

"I wasn't able to win the Giro because of health problems, but I worked hard to be ready for this Giro and it was important for me to come back to win a stage," Basso said. "It was difficult to find the morale when I worked so hard to win this race and think about just a stage victory."

With two more difficult stages left, Basso could still win another one, but the pressure is certainly off. Now he's promising to put this Giro him and turn his attention to the Tour de France. "After a Giro like this, the Tour will become even more important," Basso continued. "I came to this Giro with a lot of pressure and I've learned from that. It never pays to stop when you still believe. That will help me in the Tour."

Team CSC manager Bjarne Riis said what's most important for Basso is rest. In the run-up to the Tour, Basso will only race at the ProTour team time trial event and the Italian national championships.

"He'll relax, then train hard and do a couple of races, but not too much. He won't do Dauphin or Tour of Switzerland, he doesn't need it," Riis said. "He needs to relax and mentally recover and enter the Tour the right way. We won't change anything with the plan."

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