Basso reconnoitres Tour's Alpine stages

Ivan Basso, 2010 Giro d'Italia winner

Fresh from winning the 2010 Giro d'Italia, Ivan Basso is back in Italy today after a trip into France to reconnoitre the Tour de France's first two Alpine stages. His goal is to drop Alberto Contador in the Tour de France as he did Cadel Evans last month, becoming the first to win the Giro-Tour double since 1998.

"At the Giro I re-found the enthusiasm to ride solo on a climb, dropping the world champion. Now, I am curious to see if the Ivan of Zoncolan and Mortirolo can stay with Contador and maybe put him in difficulty," Basso told Italian paper La Gazzetta dello Sport after riding the ninth stage to Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.