La Pierre-Saint-Martin - Cyclist Ivan Basso is to undergo surgery in Milan on Wednesday just
days after being diagnosed with testicular cancer, his team Tinkoff-Saxo said
"Basso will undergo surgery in order to clarify the nature of the problem
and reach its resolution," an online statement said.
"The intervention will be performed by Professor Francesco Montorsi,
Director of the Urology Surgery Unit at San Raffaele Hospital in Milan, and his
The 37-year-old Italian rider went to hospital on Sunday after feeling pain
following a minor crash on stage five of the ongoing Tour de France and was
diagnosed on Monday. He immediately withdrew from the tour and returned to
Basso, who won the Giro d'Italia in 2006 and 2010, told Italian broadcaster
RAI: "The only possible way in such a situation is confidence and
"The shock was very great but I always try to fight back in difficult
situations and it's like that now. And I know that I have fantastic
people with me."