Richmond - Twice Giro d'Italia winner Ivan
Basso, who withdrew from this year's Tour de France after revealing he had
testicular cancer, has been given the all-clear following treatment, his
Tinkoff-Saxo team has said.
The 37-year-old Italian felt pain in his
left testicle after crashing in the fifth stage of the Tour and tests later
showed he had a small tumour. Basso had surgery in Milan.
"Fabulous news on @ivanbasso! Results
from final controls show no need for extra treatment. The dark period that
started at @letour is over," Tinkoff-Saxo posted on Twitter.
Basso finished third and second overall in
the 2004 and 2005 Tour de France but has won the Giro - his only grand tour
titles - thanks to impressive climbing performances.
His career, however, was stained with a
two-year ban for his implication in the Operation Puerto blood-doping scandal.
Basso admitted to "attempted
doping" in 2007 and was hit by a backdated suspension. He won the Giro in
2010, less than two years after his comeback, to add to his 2006 success.