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Simoni's Stage Victory: Saeco's Press Release
By Fabio
Date: 5/23/2002
Simoni's Stage Victory: Saeco's Press Release

Simoni responds to controversy by winning at Campitello Matese (SAECO'S PRESS RELEASE)

Gilberto Simoni replied to the controversy, suspicion and doubts surrounding him in his usual style, winning the the mountain stage to Campitello Matese. After a terrible day yesterday Simoni he bounced back in just 24 hours showing an incredible mental strength. "It's been an terrible moment but this win pays me back, Simoni said. "I want to dedicate the stage win to my wife Arianna and my mum."

While the stage confirmed German Jens Heppner as race leader, it also showed what will probably be the dominating theme of the last ten day's of the Giro: a duel between Gilberto Simoni and Francesco Casagrande.

They were side by side at the finish of todayıs stage, ahead of everybody else, fighting out a passionate sprint. Casagrande seemed set to win with 50 metres to go but Simoni powered past him.

In the overall standings the Saeco-Longoni sport team leader moved up to third place overall, 3'15" behind Heppner. He promised to attack in the mountains, renewing his challenge to win the Giro for a second consecutive time.

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