Ivan Basso
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An argument has exploded in Italy after reports of a plot to allow Ivan Basso to ride the 2008 road race world championships in his hometown of Varese.

Basso is banned until October 24 after admitting he worked with Dr Fuentes and that he gave his blood to the Spanish doctor in an attempt to dope. However the local world championship organisers have always hoped Basso would be allowed to ride and several key figures in Italian cycling are apparently in favour of reducing his ban by three months so he race in August and secure a place in the Italian team.

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