Ivan Basso denies doping

Ivan Basso denies doping
Ivan Basso denies doping

Giro d'Italia champion Ivan Basso denied doping Tuesday. The day before he was involved in Spain's Operation Puerto doping scandal.

Basso said he made contact with a doctor at the heart of the case, Eufemiano Fuentes, and gave him a blood sample with the intention of doping - but never actually did.

"I have not done anything illegal," he said at a news conference. "It was a moment of weakness on my part. I've never taken any doping substance nor undergone any illegal blood transfusions."