Simoni, Armstrong to appear in Mexico

Gilberto Simoni at the Vuelta a Andalucía

Gilberto Simoni at the Vuelta a Andalucía (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Two-time Giro d'Italia champion Gilberto Simoni and seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong (Astana) are among the big names who will appear at the presentation of the Vuelta Mexico Telmex this weekend. The race starts on Sunday in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Simoni (Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli) is fitting the Vuelta Mexico Telemex into his racing schedule after a 10th place overall at the Vuelta a Andalucía and before he heads to Tirreno-Adriatico.

Armstrong, coming off a seventh place overall finish in the Tour of California, will not participate in the race, but will make an appearance at the presentation of teams on Saturday evening. His Trek-Livestrong U25 team, including pursuit World Cup champion Taylor Phinney, will take part in the race.

Other favorites such as New Zealand champion Glen Chadwick (Rock Racing), American champion Tyler Hamilton (Rock Racing), Floyd Landis (OUCH Presented By Maxxis) and Fred Rodriguez (Rock Racing) were scheduled to arrive Friday.

The Vuelta Mexico Telemex will run from March 1 through March 8.

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