Gilberto Simoni announced a few weeks ago that he would round off his 2006 season with various MTB races. He said he thought it was a good way to open up to new horizons and add further motivations to come back again to road cycling in 2007.
Good move Gibo; after only three MTB races, Gilberto took the Italian Marathon Championships September 24th. Gibo found himself in a seven-man lead group from the fourteenth kilometer of the race until he broke away with with Hubert Pallhuber. Hubert later punctured, leaving Simoni to roll away for the win.