With Damiano Cunego already certain to miss the Vuelta, Lampre’s other stage racing star Gilberto Si
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Having already turned down his Lampre-Caffita team’s request to ride the Tour de France, it now seems that Giro runner-up Gilberto Simoni is on the verge of pulling out of the Tour of Spain, having revealed that he feels he is under “a lot of stress”.
During the Tour of Portugal, which finished on Monday with Simoni 108th, the Italian told the Italian press: “I am going to see what happens, principally what the Spaniards do, because they are always really strong at the Vuelta, but I feel tired now and in need of rest.”
Simoni rode in Portugal with the aim of getting some competitive miles under his belt before the Vuelta, which starts on August 27. But he had been expecting the racing to be a bit more relaxed than it turned out. “On the third day I was thinking about quitting,” he said, admitting that if he had known the race was going to be so tough he would not have started. “But as the heat eased off I decided to go on until the finish.”
He added: “I can’t be at my maximum for the whole season. I tried to get into form for the Giro and after that I had to rest and recuperate a lot, and for that reason it’s hard for me to be at my best level at this point in the season.” Simoni’s build-up to the Giro began at the Tour Down Under back in January.