Gilberto Simoni (Lampre-Caffita) is not certain of starting in the Vuelta a España, complaining of tiredness and stress. The runner-up in this year's Giro d'Italia raced in the Volta a Portugal, which finished on Monday, but found it hard going. "If I'd known [how hard it would be] beforehand, I wouldn't have come," he told Marca about the Volta. This is a very important race for the Spanish and Portuguese teams, every day we raced flat out, always at high speed. On the third day I thought of abandoning, but when the heat reduced I decided to finish."
In light of the Vuelta, which starts in less than two weeks, Simoni said, "I'm going to see what happens, mainly what the Spaniards will do, as they are very strong in the Vuelta. But for now I feel very tired and I only want to recover."