Persistent rumors are now sending Ivan Basso to the Discovery Channel team, despite earlier protestations by the team that they would not be interested in Ivan until he is cleared. Thus, several newspapers are reporting that Basso has already signed a contract, while others state that he will be receiving a contract offer in just a few days.

Meanwhile, Ivan Basso was monday feted in Rome, where he received his trophy for the victory in the Giro d’Italia. He used the opportunity to comment the exclusion from the Tour de France.

“It really hurt me,” Ivan Basso commented. “But I will have my vengeance next year when I ride both the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France.” Basso also commented that he would announce his new team within the next couple of weeks, and confirmed that Discovery was one of the teams in the picture. Barloworld has also confirmed that it has given Basso an offer.