Ivan Basso close to returning to the saddle but not decided on return to the peloton

Ivan Basso says he can return to riding on Monday, August 17, but he will decide after several spins on his bike whether he'll return to the peloton in 2016

Ivan Basso on stage eleven of the 2015 Tour of Italy

(Image credit: Watson)

Ivan Basso's recovery from testicular cancer surgery continues in leaps and bounds with the Italian announcing he's able to get back on a bike on Monday (August 17).

The Tinkoff-Saxo rider was diagnosed with a tumour on his left testicle on the first rest day of the Tour de France in Pau. He immediately left the race and underwent surgery in the following days.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.