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LA PIERRE-SAINT-MARTIN, France (CT) – One day after Ivan Basso left the Tour de France due to a case of testicular cancer discovered Monday morning, his Tinkoff Saxo team has said that he will be operated on in order to determine the extent of the tumour.
The Italian rider was involved in a crash on stage five and injured his left testicle. The impact was slight but the pain didn’t abate in the days since, leading to him to get a scan in the Tour’s mobile medical unit on Sunday.
The results of this scan prompted doctors to arrange for a more thorough assessment in Pau on Monday and there it was confirmed that he had a small tumour.
He announced this at the team’s rest day press conference and then left the race to return to Italy for treatment. On Tuesday morning he was examined at the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan and his team has now clarified what will happen next.
“Tomorrow, Basso will undergo surgery in order to clarify the nature of the problem and reach its resolution,” it said. “The intervention will be performed by Professor Francesco Montorsi, Director of the Urology Surgery Unit at San Raffaele Hospital in Milan, and his team.”
It is as yet unclear what course of action will be taken and if he will require extra treatment such as chemotherapy. It is also unclear what effects the disease will have on his future in the sport.
His team said that the cancer is not connected to cycling.
“The experts explained that there is no correlation between the testicular lesion and the sports activity of Ivan Basso,” it said.