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Saturday 3 December 2016

Cycling: Ivan Basso withdraws from Tour De France after being diagnosed with cancer

Cannondale's Ivan Basso is interviewed
Cannondale's Ivan Basso is interviewed

Ivan Basso has withdrawn from the Tour de France after being diagnosed with testicular cancer.

Basso was a key member of Alberto Contador's Tinkoff-Saxo squad, but will return home to Italy on Monday's first rest day.

The 37-year-old said: "Unfortunately I have a bad announcement. I have a small cancer in my left testicle, so you can understand that I have to go back to Italy. We discovered this just two hours ago."

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