Monday, April 19, 2010

Gilberto Simoni Returns to Lampre to Finish Career


Wearing the blue-fucsia jersey of Lampre-Daikin Gilberto Simoni won the 2001 Giro d'Italia. Today it was announced that the 38 year old rider from Palù di Giovo (Trento) will finish his career Lampre-Farnese Vini.

The climber and Lampre-Farnese Vini general manager Saronni signed the agreement that allows Simoni to take part in the last races of his career wearing the blue-fucsia colors. Giuseppe Saronni commented, "We've been talking for a long time about this project that would allow Gilberto to end his career in our team, surrounded by friendly people. The Galbusera family, owner of Lampre, always supported this idea and so the project was realized: Simoni will race for team Lampre-Farnese Vini starting in Giro del Trentino".

Simoni also won the 2003 Giro d'Italia with team SAECO.

The 2010 Giro d'Italia will be Simoni's last professional race.

Photo: Simoni back in the Lampre colors

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