Basso to Disco In a classic outhouse-to-penthouse move, Ivan Basso has agreed to ride for Discovery Channel. The deal was confirmed yesterday by Disco director Johan Bruyneel along with co-owner Lance Armstrong, who fought back challenges from Basso while winning his sixth and seventh Tours de France. The 28-year-old Italian signed a two-year contract for an undisclosed figure. (First reports said the deal was for three years and $6 million.) This gives Discovery a rider capable of winning the Tour after the team struggled in the 2006 race -- its first without Armstrong -- without a serious contender for the yellow jersey.