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Basso says he will compete again soon

Updated: July 1, 2006, 11:15 AM ET
Reuters

ROME -- Italian cycling champion Ivan Basso, who was withdrawn from the Tour de France on Friday because of doping allegations, says he is being treated like a thief but he will soon be competing again.

"I am certain that I will come out of this with my head held high. I will soon be up and running and winning. I can do it," Basso said in an interview with Italy's Gazzetta dello Sport.

"I have been treated like a thief ... but I've gone through worse than this in my life. Two years ...

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