Basso quits tour due to cancer diagnosis
Former Giro d'Italia winner Ivan Basso withdrew from the Tour de France yesterday after revealing he has testicular cancer.
"We discover this two hours ago, I have to stop," the 37-year-old Italian told a news conference on the first rest day of this year's Tour. "I crashed in the fifth stage and I felt pain in my left testicle and I went for checks," said Basso, who was addressing the media ahead of his Tinkoff-Saxo team leader Alberto Contador.
Spain's Contador, who is attempting a rare Giro/Tour de France double, would not discuss the race, in which he sits fifth overall, 1min and 3sec behind leader Chris Froome.
"I have grown closer to Ivan in the past weeks and this is terrible news," said Contador.
Meanwhile, Australian Richie Porte has confirmed he will leave Team Sky at the end of the season.