Ivan Basso press conference, Tour of Britain 2012

Former winner Ivan Basso (Cannondale) abandoned hopes of racing the Giro d'Italia this year. With only two days to the start in Naples, the Italian succumbed to a nasty saddle sore.

Italy's top team announced the news this morning at 8:46 local time.

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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.