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how about that simoni!(6 posts)

how about that simoni!EpicX
Jul 19, 2003 12:00 PM
he talks a lot of crap, but you gotta hand it to him, he's still racing. he's over an hour down and finished 25 min back today, but he's not pulling out yet. I tend to find this more impressive in a high profile rider like simoni since they are usually the first to drop out when a good placing is completely out of the question.
Sure, he's still racing.....Stinky Hippie
Jul 19, 2003 12:17 PM
....which simply means we get treated to more reminders of just how much BS he dished out prior to the tour. I'll never be a fan of his after his outrageous comments. He makes Cannondale look bad, to boot ( and god knows they've never needed any help in that department)

Feel the gin
He did make an ass of himself, butotiebob
Jul 19, 2003 12:51 PM
I do give him credit for not pulling a Cipo/Pettachi move and run home to the comfort and adulation of Italy. He shouldn't have shot his mouth off right after the Giro - instead just enjoy the victory, but at least he is clipping in and still riding. He can use this experience to grow from. Next year, he should skip the Giro, train solely for the TDF, and see how he fares, minus the boasts. For now, I'll say he's eaten enough humble pie and is at least trying instead of pouting and going home.

I do feel for Cannondale - they make a great product and have given more to racing than any American manufacturer (they've been sponsoring racers LONG before Trek was known outside of Wisconsin), and then they have to deal with Simoni's lozenge story last year and his ego this year. Despite Simoni, I love their bikes and will continue my support of them.
He did make an ass of himself, butjschrotz
Jul 19, 2003 2:24 PM
Now, in retrospect, we can say he made an ass of himself, but when he made those comments he was on a high after winning a very mountainous Giro. He had every reason to feel confident in himself. And make no mistake, the Giro was his #1 objective for the year. The Tour was very much a secondary consideration. I thought it was great to have someone come out and openly say they weren't afraid of Lance. No one else had the balls to do that. I think Simoni's talk was a bit tough for most Lance fans to take since they're not used to their hero boasting of doing much of anything after winning the Tour. He misjudged how much the Giro would take out of though and has found the pace in the Tour too much to handle, but like you said, at least he's gutting it out and getting a huge lesson in what it will take to contend in the Tour.
He did make an ass of himself, butWalter
Jul 19, 2003 2:55 PM
My feelings are similar. I kinda shook my head when he issued his "challenge" but I liked the fact that someone was willing to actually challenge LA.

Turns out people are challenging, he's just not one of them.

The man is the Giro champion and has nothing to be ashamed of. I'm "old school" enough to where I don't really like this modern focusing/training for one race. Unfortunately, Simoni's experience shows that Giro/Tour doubles are becoming more and more unlikely.
I'm w/you re: C'dale (nm).jtferraro
Jul 19, 2003 8:27 PM