Basso wins Tour's acceptance, podium spot next goal

Ivan Basso and Lance Armstrong, Tour de France 2010 stage 2

Italian Ivan Basso will battle for the Tour de France's podium over the next four days in the Pyrenees. The battle is an easy one, considering the one he has already won: acceptance from his colleagues and the race's organisers.

Basso left out of the backdoor of his team's hotel on the eve of the Tour de France four years ago in Strasbourg. The Operación Puerto investigation in Spain finally caught up with him and linked him to blood doping doctor, Eufemiano Fuentes.

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