The Gazzetta dello Sport has described Ivan Basso's preparations for the Giro d'Italia as "maniacal". He has explored virtually every stage, most recently riding the time trial course with Liquigas teammates on the Lido in Venice. They rode the course three times of which Basso said, "My impression is a very positive one. The circuit appeals a lot to me, and in this setting it will be uniquely spectacular. It will be a very high velocity test."
For for details, and aerial photos, of the opening time trial stage in Venice on May 9th see: http://italiancyclingjournal.blogspot.com/2009/01/100-days-to-start-of-giro-ditalia-in.html. By the way, the time trial will begin at approximately 3:00pm local, and the last squad is expected to finish at approximately 5:10pm local.
Photo: Ivan Basso and Liquigas teammates on the Lido, Venice
Stories, including cycling trip stories, for the Italian Cycling Journal welcome; contact firstname.lastname@example.org