Despite crash, Basso plans high-altitude camp with teammates

Ivan Passo plans to join his Liquigas-Cannondale teammates in mountain camp.

Ivan Basso brushed off a crash at this week’s Volta a Catalunya and will join Liquigas-Cannondale teammates at a high-altitude training camp in Tenerife as planned.

Basso banged up his right knee when he crashed in Wednesday’s stage and team doctors were worried that a serious injury might disrupt his preparation in an important window in his lead-up to the Giro d’Italia.

“The improvements shown in these days allow us to give the green light to Ivan,” says Dr. Roberto Corsetti, team doctor of the Liquigas-Cannondale. “The situation, however, is not fully recovered and will need to monitor daily developments to allow the athlete to train without pain and risk.”

Basso will join Vincenzo Nibali, Eros Capecchi, Sylwester Szmyd, Valerio Agnoli and Cristiano Salerno in a high-altitude camp around the snow-covered summit of the Teide volcano on Tenerife.

Basso and his teammates will travel Sunday and stay on the Spanish island through April 11, except Nibali, who will return April 7.

“The altitude training is a cornerstone of our preparation and this year we chose a place that combined climate and roads,” said Liquigas-Cannondale trainer Paolo Slongo. “The Teide offers the possibility of sleeping in an altitude of 2,200 meters, and thus to maximize the benefits of the mountains. The working sessions will be targeted to increase strength and pedaling. We expect to close the stage performing quantum leap in terms of physical condition.”