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Where Are You Now Simoni Critics?(6 posts)

Where Are You Now Simoni Critics?Indurain 03
Jul 20, 2003 11:34 AM
Yes, I will admit that I thought that he would have a better tour overall, and perhaps he underestimated its difficulty, but his ride today was really something special. I developed a great deal of respect for him after he decided to continue with the tour when he was no longer in position for a high place overall. His tour can now be viewed as a success despite his seemingly sub-par performance.
Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saeco 54th place 1hr 24mins backPdxMark
Jul 20, 2003 12:10 PM
Simoni is a GC rider, or was supposed to be. One stage win doesn't change the his being 1 hour 24 minutes back in GC, behind 5 US Postal riders.
I don't think that the...Dwayne Barry
Jul 20, 2003 4:00 PM
difficulty of the tour had anything to do with it, or at least was only peripheral to Simoni's form. If he would have had his Giro form he'd been right up there with the other top GC guys.
I'm right here....Stinky Hippie
Jul 20, 2003 7:36 PM
....But Simoni's trash-talking requires a good placing in the GC, or at the very least an early stage win when the peloton is still sorting things out and GC contention hasn't been settled before I start recanting.

Simoni needs to learn a thing or two about respect before I'll accord him any. He's a Giro winner, yes, but not a Tour or Vuelta winner .

Feel the gin
"Pain is temporary, quiting is forever" - Bob Rollspyderman
Jul 21, 2003 4:31 AM
I'm not sure I'd go that far,Roger2
Jul 21, 2003 7:20 AM
it may be viewed that he salvaged some respect, but I wouldn't call it a success. It'd be interesting how he'd fare if he concentrated on the TDF, but as an Italian not sure if he'll ever do it. I don't know if it'd go over to well if he used the Giro as a tune up.

Great ride by him yesterday.