Ivan Basso Giro 06

Ivan Basso is confident he will be able to ride in Saturday?s Tour of Lombardy after a Spanish judge ruled that the evidence from ?Operacion Puerto? cannot be used by the UCI and Italian Olympic Committee to discipline him.

In a letter sent to Spanish cycling Federation last week, the judge ruled that only the five people arrested as part of the investigation can legally use the 500 pages of evidence, meaning that the UCI and individual national cycling federations cannot take disciplinary action against the 50 riders originally suspected as being clients of Dr Fuentes. In theory all the riders originally implicated can return to racing at least until the trial of the doctors takes place next summer and they may never to called to question about their presumed links with Fuentes or possible bags of blood in the Madrid fridges.

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