Caught up in the Operation Puerto, Basso was suspended from cycling for 2 years, returning to racing in Oct 2008. He claimed not to have engaged in blood doping, but admitted contacting Dr. Fuentes’ clinic with the intention to engage in blood doping. Subtle, but denial is hard-wired into pro-cyclists.
His sister is currently serving 4 years for sports drug trafficking.
Already done his time? No, XVE has a strict one strike policy.