Ivan Basso heads home from California tomorrow having decided not to start Friday’s time trial after he injured himself during his warm up.

The Italian banged his knee on his tri-bars when his foot came out of the pedal. Basso was doing a lap of the course in Solvang when his chain jumped off of the drivetrain. When this happened his cleat came out of the pedal and his knee shot forward in to the back of his handlebars.

Although the injury is nothing serious he and his team manager decided not to risk anything and instead fly home to Italy to get it checked out. “It’s just some pain,” said Basso. “I was happy with the feelings [when riding] and was happy to be here for the six stages. It’s been good preparation.”

Basso had been lying in 13th place before the time trial, 42 seconds behind Levi Leipheimer. Although it is unlikely he would have challenged Leipheimer for the lead, he had been consistent as he continues his comeback from his doping suspension.


2009 TOUR OF CALIFORNIA: LINKS

STAGE REPORTS

Stage seven: Nocentini wins in Pasedena

Leipheimer wins time trial to cement Tour of California lead

Stage five: Two in a row for Cavendish

Stage four: Cavendish battles over hills to wins stage

Stage three: Hushovd sprints home

Stage two: Leipheimer takes the lead

Stage one: Mancebo’s stage one win raises Puerto demons

Prologue: Cancellara Express derails the Armstrong show

NEWS & FEATURES

Mancebo crashes out of KOM lead

Comment: What’s in a victory salute?

Cavendish rises to second in list of all-time British pro winners

Armstrong’s time trial bike handed in to police

Boonen set to ride Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne after Tour of California

Cancellara abandons Tour of California

Armstrong’s bike stolen in California

Cavendish poised to take leaders jersey

Tour of California blog

Armstrong and Astana train for Tour of California

Mark Cavendish: Rider Profile

Lance Armstrong: Rider Profile

PHOTOS

Stage five photo gallery

Stage four photo gallery

Stage three photo gallery

Stage two photo gallery

Stage one photo gallery

Prologue photo gallery

Cycling Weekly photo gallery

2009 TOUR OF CALIFORNIA PREVIEW

2009 Tour of California race preview

Start list: all the riders

Team list: all the squads

2009 TOUR OF CALIFORNIA STAGES

Saturday, February 14 Prologue details

Sunday, February 15 Stage one details

Monday, February 16 Stage two details

Tuesday, February 17 Stage three details

Wednesday, February 18 Stage four details

Thursday February 19 Stage five details

Friday, February 20 Stage six details

Saturday, February 21 Stage seven details

Sunday, February 22 Stage eight details

EXTERNAL LINKS

Tour of California official website