Two-time Giro champ Simoni ready for three

Soon-to-be ex-road pro Gilberto Simoni would like to go out on a high note, and to win a third Giro

Soon-to-be ex-road pro Gilberto Simoni would like to go out on a high note, and to win a third Giro
PIC: Saunier Duval-Prodir (courtesy) The SAUNIER DUVAL-PRODIR riders who will take part in the 90th edition of the Giro dïItalia, set to kick off on Saturday, will meet tonight in Milan. Tomorrow, theyïll head for Sardinia, the Italian island that will welcome the beginning of the 2007 race. Coached by Pietro and Matteo Algeri, the yellow teamïs line-up for the first Grand Tour of the season includes: Gilberto SIMONI Riccardo RICCã Iban MAYO Leonardo PIEPOLI Manuele MORI David CA¥ADA µngel "Litu" GàMEZ Raivis BELOHVOSCIKS Rubens BERTOGLIATI Algeri is happy with his ridersï good shape and highlights the goal theyïve set for the race. "Of course, our prime goal is to see Simoni as the Giro winner," he said. "Iïm sure he can do it because heïs become vastly experienced. Moreover, he told me that his physical condition is better now than in 2006. The whole team will work for him, including Ricc, who can learn a lot from Gibo. "This doesnït mean we wonït fight for stage wins: Ricc has a good chance to take mountaintop finish stages, and Piepoli or Mayo can win stages with difficult climbs," Algeri added. "Then, men like Ca¤ada or Mori on the mountains and `Litu' G¢mez or Bertogliati on flat terrain will certainly be on the front." The 35-year-old Simoni won the Giro in 2001 and 2003, and has shared the podium the past three years.
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