ROME, Italy -- Italian cyclist Ivan Basso, who was suspended for two years in June 2007 for his implication in the Operation Puerto scandal, has signed a two-year contract for 2009 and 2010 with the Liquigas team.
Basso is currently serving a two-year suspension for his implication in the Operation Puerto scandal.
The 30-year-old Basso is allowed to ride competitively from October 24 2008 because, when he was originally banned on June 15 last year, he had already been temporarily suspended for 243 days.
Liquigas president Paolo Dal Lago said: "Ivan Basso has served his suspension with dignity and has maintained a responsible, calm attitude characterised by the seriousness which has won over the public and his fellow professionals."
Basso won the 2006 Tour of Italy and finished on the Tour de France podium in 2004 and 2005, behind Lance Armstrong. E-mail to a friend