Gilberto Simoni (Lampre-Caffita) has revealed his desire to leave the Italian squad at the end of this season. At the same time, 'Gibo' made known that Quick.Step or Cofidis could become his new team sponsors for 2006. Quick.Step's Patrick Lefévère had already announced that he was targeting the Italian to become his team's leader at the Giro d'Italia. French team Cofidis is also still looking for a Grand Tour leader after its negotiations with Alexandre Vinokourov failed.
Meanwhile, the Italian rider will participate in the Volta a Portugal (August 5-15) to prepare for the Vuelta a España later this month, as well as the Giro di Lombardia (October 15, 2005).