PARIS, June 24, 2011 (AFP) – Italian veteran Ivan Basso, 33, will lead the Liquigas team in this year’s Tour de France, which begins on July 2, his team confirmed on Friday.
“Having a leader like Ivan Basso allows you to look towards the podium and the yellow jersey,” said team manager Roberto Amadio.
“Until now, he’s not been able to express himself fully because of physical problems and bad luck. But in the Tour, I’m convinced that he and his team-mates will produce a grand performance.
“Our objective is to respect the race day after day and try to achieve the best result possible in the general classification.”
Winner of the Giro d’Italia in 2010, Basso finished on the Tour de France podium twice in the first part of his career — taking third place in 2004 and second place a year later.
Liquigas team for the 2011 Tour de France:
Ivan Basso (ITA), Daniel Oss (ITA), Alessandro Vanotti (ITA), Paolo Longo Borghini (ITA), Fabio Sabatini (ITA), Sylwester Szmyd (POL), Maciej Bodnar (POL), Maciej Paterski (POL), Kristjan Koren (SLO)