Simoni skips Tour

The Lampre-Caffita team has announced its final line-up for the Tour de France - without 2003 Giro...

The Lampre-Caffita team has announced its final line-up for the Tour de France - without 2003 Giro winner and 2005 runner-up Gilberto Simoni. No detailed explanation has been forthcoming from the team, which simply said in a statement that its technical staff had acknowledged, "Simoni's request not to participate in this year's Tour de France."

In Simoni's absence, Eddy Mazzoleni will lead the Tour team, which will consist of GianLuca Bortolami, Salvatore Commesso, Gerrit Glomser, David Loosli, Evgeni Petrov, Daniele Righi, Alessandro Spezialetti, and Gorazd Stangelj.

Simoni will return to racing at the Brixia Tour, July 22-24 and the Tour of Portugal, August, 5-15. He will treat the latter as preparation for the Vuelta a España and the end of season classics.

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