Ivan Basso leaves CSC

October 18, 2006

Early this morning, Team CSC boss Bjarne Riis issued a statement saying that team CSC and Ivan Basso have partned ways. From the Team CSC website.

“After all that has happened, especially this summer, Team CSC and Ivan Basso have agreed to part ways. It has been a very difficult decision, but both parties agree it is time to move on. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Ivan for his time with the team and for the great results he and the team have achieved together. At the same time, we wish him all the best for the future.”

What happened at the Tour of Lombardy? It seemed that after Bjarne’s initial reaction to Basso’s possible involvement in Operation Puerto, their relationship had begun to mend.

What was not posted on the TeamCSC website was a quote Endless Cycle obtained from Ivan Basso:

“Does anyone have Johan Bruyneel’s cell number?”