The chances of Ivan Basso returning to the peloton have been boosted by the news that no additional treatment is needed following surgery last Wednesday to address testicular cancer.
The Italian rider was diagnosed with the illness last Monday via scans done on the first rest day of the Tour de France. He immediately made the decision to withdraw from the race, and announced the news at the team’s press conference.
Basso returned to Italy and had his left testicle removed last Wednesday. He underwent a checkup on Monday and the results of this were extremely encouraging.
“The patient has perfectly recovered from the intervention,” stated Professor Francesco Montorsi, the Director of the Urology Surgery Unit at San Raffaele Hospital in Milan. “The final histological examination shows, currently, no indication for additional treatment and the patient will be closely observed during the following months.
“It is recommended the patient should rest for a period of one month. Professor Montorsi and his team are absolutely optimistic on the complete healing of Ivan Basso.”
The discovery of Basso’s illness was fortuitous; he crashed on stage five of the Tour de France and injured his testicle. The pain of this didn’t abate in the following days, leading to him having a scan at the Tour’s mobile medical unit.
The results of this were concerning and prompted a follow-up scan in Pau. The tumour was diagnosed there, causing shock for the rider and his team, but just over a week later he has been given a very good prognosis.
“I am extremely happy with the outcome of the surgery and I would like to deeply thank Tinkoff-Saxo’s team doctor, Piet De Moor, the doctors and medical staff of the Tour de France as well as Professor Montorsi and his team,” said Basso.
“Professor Montorsi has allowed me to travel by plane and I look forward to meeting the rest of the Tinkoff-Saxo squad in Paris to celebrate the end of the Tour de France.”
The team has not stated when Basso might return to the peloton. However speaking to CyclingTips in recent days, directeur sportif Tristan Hoffman said that it was possible he could compete again this season.
His current contract with the team began at the start of 2015 and runs until the end of 2016.