Ivan Basso joins Discovery Channel pr...

Ivan Basso joins Discovery Channel pro cycling team

There are 31 comments on the Biking Bis story from Nov 8, 2006, titled Ivan Basso joins Discovery Channel pro cycling team. In it, Biking Bis reports that:

Team director Johan Bruyneel announced Wednesday that Basso had signed a two-season contract with Tailwind Sports, which owns the team sponsored by Discovery.

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My Opinion_El Paso_TX

El Paso, TX

#21 Jan 29, 2007
Hi Rob. I hear where you're coming. It would certainly have been better if Ivan Basso had stated publically that he was innocent, rather than his saying that he has nothing to prove. That only leaves the cycling fans in the same spot we were all in from the beginning of this whole affair. But, the main problem there is that we don't know what his lawyer is telling him and what is on his mind.

I would think that Ivan Basso had to state that he was innocent to the Italian Federation in order for them to clear him.

As for Discovery signing him, like Hyug stated, that's business as usual. We'll have to wait and see how the racing season works out for this team and rider.

Sacramento, CA

#22 Jan 29, 2007
Big Ring Rob wrote:
He wont even say that he is innocent, instead now that Discovery has signed him he "has nothing to prove".
Rob, I think you misinterpreted Ivan's quote. When Ivan said he "has nothing to prove", I believe he was referring back to the fact that his cases have been dropped and the Italian federation and UCI have since given the green light for him to race again.

Now, if CSC kept Basso and used him in 2007, I don't think this would cause a lot of uproar. Also, if Basso has a bad season in 2007, you can bet that all the nay-sayers will just go away.

The big uproar seems to be about the possibility of Basso winning--go figure. For me, it's about "May the best man win". It may be a bit premature laying odds that Basso will in fact win. As I've stated before, Vinokourov is hungry and his team may be strong enough to ward off the attacks at the TdF--we shall see.

However, if the winner happens to be Basso, then we should celebrate it and the talent and hard work that went into winning instead of always looking back and dwelling on Operation Puerto. Let's remember that Basso is, in the eyes of the Italian federation and spanish authorities--innocent--and who are we to say otherwise??
My Opinion_El Paso_TX

United States

#23 Feb 3, 2007
Well stated Curious.
My Opinion_El Paso_TX

United States

#24 Feb 9, 2007
Here is the contact information for the ASO (Amaury Sport Organisation):


Amaury Sport Organisation
2, rue Rouget de L'Isle

Phone number :
33 (0)

TV Contact :

Press Contact :


Lisbon, Portugal

#25 Feb 12, 2007
MOEP, shall we flood that mailbox with protest messages ?!...
My Opinion_El Paso_TX

United States

#26 Feb 12, 2007
Not for me to say what people can do with the ASO contact info. I believe that should be their own business.

I have written WADA, UCI, USADA and a few other organizations last summer/fall with my concerns and suggestions. I did the same to ASO.

Here's the latest on USADA:
My Opinion_El Paso_TX

United States

#27 Feb 12, 2007
My Opinion_El Paso_TX

United States

#28 Feb 12, 2007
My Opinion_El Paso_TX

United States

#29 Feb 12, 2007
For some reason the topix.net system is cutting off part of the web site. Here is the web address hopefully:


Grand Rapids, MI

#30 Feb 21, 2007
go jan ullrich
i hope he wins the tour de france then starts runing maratons like lance and beats lance and winns the maratons.
losers like levi and floyd i hate them i hope jan beats there face in because there gay.

“I Love Life, People & Animals”

Since: Feb 07

El Paso, Texas

#31 Feb 24, 2007
Hey Ryan, ease up a bit. Okay, you don't like Floyd Landis and Levi Leipheimer. But, I do think that their wives would disagree with you about their being gay.

Of course I would believe that Levi Leiheimer is very happy right now as he's winning the Tour of California.

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