Ivan Basso and Liquigas Cannondale to make Tour of Britain debuts
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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Ivan Basso and Liquigas Cannondale to make Tour of Britain debuts

by VeloNation Press at 6:15 AM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, Tour of Britain
 
Double Giro d’Italia champion to ride race for first time

Ivan BassoCurrently backing GC contender Vincenzo Nibali and Maillot Vert wearer Peter Sagan in the Tour de France, two-time Giro d’Italia winner Ivan Basso has been confirmed as leading the Liquigas-Cannondale team in this September’s Tour of Britain.

Both the Italian and the team will be making their debuts in the race, with some of the riders likely using it as preparation for the Giro di Lombardia and the world championships.

The remainder of the team will be confirmed later this summer, but it is likely that the squad will contain other well-known names.

Basso will be a big draw for the race, which is slated as having its toughest-ever course this time round. “We are delighted to have the Liquigas – Cannondale team participate in The Tour of Britain for the first time,” said race director Mick Bennett. “The inclusion of such a high-profile team led by two-time winner of Giro d’Italia, Ivan Basso, underlines the growing status of The Tour of Britain and its importance to pro cycling teams.”

The race begins on Sunday 9th September on Ipswich’s Waterfront on Sunday 9th September. There will be stage finishes in Norfolk, Knowsley, Dumfries, Blackpool, Stoke on Trent, Caephilly, Dartmouth and Guildford.
 

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