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Basso still on our minds as Tour begins

Updated: July 1, 2006, 6:34 PM ET
By Bobby Julich | Special to ESPN.com

Any cycling rituals?

Pre-Race • I only eat pasta with olive oil with parmesan cheese -- no ketchup, no meats, no veggies -- and I finish eating exactly 3 hours before the event. • Try to relax as much as possible. • Go down to the route about 90 minutes before the race starts. • Try to follow one of my teammates in the follow car to see what the turns look like at real speed. • Get back to the bus, go inside and try to ...

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