Ivan Basso, who was considered the favorite by many heading into the Tour de France this year, has left his cycling team, CSC, with two years left on his contract. Basso was barred from racing in the Tour just days before the event got underway in June due to doping allegations. Basso was one of 56 cyclist that were named in a massive doping scandal that has rocked sport. He, and Jan Ulrich, were considered the front runners to claim Lance Armstrong’s crown this year, but both went down in disgrace. Outside Online has all the details here.