One lesson that can be learned from Lance Armstrong’s meticulous prep for the Tour de France was that he would savor every possible opportunity to practice his time trialing. Armstrong would seek out mini stage races that featured time trials so he would have enough racing experience by the time the Tour de France rolls around. Ivan Basso is getting some very important practice at winning time trials as he captured the Angers stage in the Circuit de la Sarthe.
The 8.8 kilometer circuit is important preparation for the Giro D’Italia. The opening prologue in Belgium is just about the same distance. While there were no other “big” names in the top three Basso can feel confident that his time trialing skills are progressing.