Sickness ended Tom Danielson's Giro d'Italia on Saturday morning, but Johan Bruyneel has praised hisPIC BY TIM DE WAELE - Tom Danielson has been forced out of the Giro d'Italia due to illness, Discovery Channel team manager Johan Bruyneel told procycling in Trento prior to the penultimate stage of La Corsa Rosa. Danielson was lying 16th overall despite battling flu-like symptoms on yesterday's 19th stage through the Dolomites, but his condition deteriorated overnight. "He'd been suffering from sinusitis and taking antibiotics ever since the stage to La Thuile last week," Bruyneel explained. "Then, yesterday, he felt bad throughout the stage. He really wanted to be there for Paolo [Savoldelli] and actually did a super last climb considering his condition, but when he got to the hotel after the stage he looked really bad. You could see that he'd gone over the limit. Then, after dinner, he started getting fever and we decided this morning that it wouldn't make sense for him to start, especially a stage like today's. He's given everything he could and he was completely empty." Bruyneel went on to deliver a positive assessment of Danielson's Giro: "I was very satisfied with him - his climbing, his work for Paolo and his time trials," said the Belgian. "If he hadn't got sick, I think he would definitely have finished in the top ten. It's a shame that his Giro has had to end like this, but it doesn't alter my view of his qualities. This is a good race for him, just not a lucky race: he had to pull out because of a knee problem last year, and now this happens." Danielson's next major target will be the Vuelta a Espana, where he finished 8th overall last year. Bruyneel confirmed that Danielson, 28, will be Discovery Channel's team leader in Spain. "He has combination of time-traling and climbing that you need to be a contender in major tours, but only time will tell whether he's a guy who can go for the top five, the podium or the win in major tours. He finished in the top ten in his first full major tour and that was really good to see, but we're not going to raise our expectations too high either. We have to be realistic." - Saunier Duval directeur sportif Joxean Fernandez Matxin revealed on Saturday that he is confident that Gilberto Simoni will prolong his career for another year with the Spanish team. Speaking to procycling in Trento before the 20th stage of the Giro d'Italia, Matxin said that discussions about an extension to Simoni's existing one-year deal with the team will begin after the Giro. "'I'm confident that he'll be here, riding the Giro with us next year," Matxin commented. The Spanish team boss also confirmed that Simoni is due to ride all three major tours this year. - One rider whose future has been secured in the last 24 hours is CSC's Carlos Sastre. The 31-year-old Spaniard announced this morning that he had committed to Bjarne Riis's team for a further two years. Like Simoni, Sastre is set to compete in the Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espana after the Giro d'Italia. Sastre, whose pacesetting for team leader Ivan Basso has been a feature of Team's CSC riding at the Giro, lay 39th on general classification with two stages of the Giro still to ride.