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Gilberto Simoni / TDF(6 posts)

Gilberto Simoni / TDFSherpa
Jun 28, 2001 11:47 AM
Will Gilberto Simoni be Lampre's boy -- is he even competing in the TDF ???

Cycle Sport Mag says they may go for VDB as team leader ... seems like a risk ...
re: Gilberto Simoni / TDFjschrotz
Jun 28, 2001 12:21 PM
I've been reading that Lampre is saying that VDB won't even be riding the Tour and seem to be considering sacking him. He doesn't turn up at races or training camps, and no one seems to be able to get in touch with him for days on end. Even if he were to keep his job and ride the Tour, I doubt he'd be in any kind of form to post even a top 50 showing. He hasn't done much of anything this year. A fried-out Simoni would be a better bet than VDB. BTW, I think VDB is a tremendous talent so I don't want to seem like I'm knocking him personally, but the guy doesn't seem to have a very good head on his shoulders these days.
re: Gilberto Simoni / TDFSherpa
Jun 28, 2001 1:08 PM
ditto on VDB ... I know what you are saying ... such as shame really.

What about Simoni's results in Switzerland ... you think he can't last ???

I surely couldn't ...
re: Gilberto Simoni / TDFLardog
Jun 28, 2001 2:32 PM
It's my understanding that Heras Hernandez isn't riding the Tour. I heard that about a month ago. Did that change? Secondly, is Fagnini out of the Tour? He was on the list yesterday, but it appears he's out now. What's going on with Steels? Recovering from what? I haven't heard. In response to above, Simoni is almost surely not riding in the Tour, also according to Cycling4all. Thanks!
re: Gilberto Simoni / TDFjschrotz
Jun 29, 2001 12:03 AM
That's a shame that Simoni isn't riding (if Cycling4all is to be believed). I thought maybe a week of rest and a relatively easy first week in the Tour would allow him enough recovery to possibly challenge in the mountains. Maybe next year.
re: Gilberto Simoni / TDFLardog
Jun 29, 2001 3:54 PM
I agree. It's also too bad several others aren't in. Heras, as far as I know, Cipo, Pantani, just to name a couple.