Ivan Basso in the pacy Maserati GranTurismo MC Trofeo

Monza - ITA
15/05/2011

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Ivan Basso in the pacy Maserati GranTurismo MC Trofeo

15/05/2011 - Monza
The famous names were out in force at Monza for the Trofeo Maserati, and not only from the world of motorsport.

Alongside the world FIA GT champion, Andrea Bertolini, was two-time winner (2006 and 2010) of the Giro d’Italia, Ivan Basso. The cycling star enjoyed a lap of the track on board Bertolini’s Maserati GranTurismo MC Trofeo.

I have been passionate about Maserati ever since I was a kid. This ‘love’ has stuck with me and I have been lucky enough to have driven a few. Whenever I can, I like to attend meets like this and, next autumn with my mate Giulio Pastore (a Maserati manager), I will take part in a driving course”.

When will we see you make the switch from two to four wheels?

First I will focus on cycling and then we’ll see…”

How important is your taking part in the next Tour de France?

I make no secret about it: it is the main aim this season and of my career. I will try to be up there with the leaders in July”.

Who, in your opinion, could be a threat?

It depends on who turns up but, if they appear, I would say the Schelck brothers, ex-world champion Cadel Evans, Contador, Samuel Sanchez; I think these are my main rivals”.

Who will win this year’s Giro?

Nibali, I hope… (Basso’s team-mate, ed)”.

 

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