Having turned 37 this week, Ivan Basso has become more realistic with his goals for the 2015 season.
Basso admitted to La Gazzetta dello Sport that he no longer has the ability to win a three-week race, but is convinced he can be a great assistant to Alberto Contador.
“Contador is an extraordinarily talented athlete,” Basso said. “He has [strong] legs, heart and especially head. I've never met a cyclist with his ambition. Still hungry for victory and is very demanding with himself and with peers. To ride with him is a great honor.”
The Italian hasn’t let his age get in the way of his ambitions, believing he still has a couple of seasons at the highest level left in him.
Basso spent several months with Contador at the Discovery team in 2007, the year the Spaniard won his first Tour de France.
“I knew someday Nibali could win the Tour, and he deserves it,” Basso continued. “When riding with me he was strong, but he continues to improve. He could also make the double.”
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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.
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