And after the Broni show, most of the bunch headed for the third post-Giro challenge in as many days: the 3rd Trofeo
SBS-Gran Premio Rubinetterie Nobili, the uphill ITT from the SBS plants at Miasino to the Mottarone, a mountain not far from
Arona and the Lake Maggiore. The event, also in this case with a huge crowd attending, wrote a new chapter in the “Simoni v.
Cunego” saga, this time with the maestro taking revenge on his young rival: reigning champion Gibo repated last year’s
victory as he covered the 14.5-km. route in a time of 39 minutes and 33 seconds, while it took two more secs for the Giro
d’Italia winner to make it to the line. Vini Caldirola’s Dario Andriotto completed the podium, while his teammate Gianluca
Sironi, a protagonist also in Monday’s Arona Criterium, set the best time at the halfway point check, while their team leader
Stefano Garzelli, currently affected with bronchitis, was forced to skip the event.
Damiano Cunego once more received an extraordinary welcome, but the boy is also experiencing the first difficulties being
a Giro d’Italia implies: “I gotta learn to administer my time better. There are so many invitations, parties, exhibitions and
training sessions, and I’m having a hard time looking after it all,” Damiano confessed. And Giboman Simoni almost echoed his
words, and the need for some “free” time: “I’ll be in Milano for Friday’s circuit, but I want to take a week off later, then start
my preparation for the Tour de France".
Simoni should take part also in Saturday’s “Memorial Marco Pantani” criterium in Cesenatico,
while his participation in the Criterium degli Assi in Fabio Casartelli’s hometown Albese con Cassano, scheduled for Tuesday, June 08, is in doubt.
Damiano Cuneo is more likely to compete in both events instead, whereas the bronchitis should keep Garzelli far from them.
Back to the Italian Criteriums
Gran Premio SBS (Miasino - Mottarone, 14.5 km. - ITT): Results
1. Gilberto Simoni (Ita - Saeco) - 39'33" (21.997 kph)
2. Damiano Cunego (Ita - Saeco) - 39'35"
3. Dario Andriotto (Ita - Vini Caldirola-Nobili Rubinetterie) - 39'38"
4. Andrea Noè (Ita - Alessio-Bianchi) - 39'39"
5. Massimo Codol (Ita - Fassa Bortolo) - 40'11"
6. Ivan Basso (Ita - Team CSC)
7. Gianluca Sironi (Ita - Vini Caldirola-Nobili Rubinetterie)
8. Franco Pellizotti (Ita - Alessio-Bianchi)
9. Stefano Boggia (Ita - Team ICET)
10. Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita - Saeco)
11. Oscar Mason (Ita - Vini Caldirola-Nobili Rubinetterie)
12. Oscar Pozzi (Ita - Tenax)
13. Paolo Lanfranchi (Ita - Ceramiche Panaria-Margres)
14. Fabio Sacchi (Ita - Fassa Bortolo)
15. Mauro Gerosa (Ita - Vini Caldirola-Nobili Rubinetterie)
16. Gianluca Tonetti (Ita - Tenax)
17. Sergey Honchar (Ukr - De Nardi)
18. Andrea Tonti (Ita - Saeco)
19. Sergey Lagutin (Uzb - Landbouwkrediet-Colnago)
20. Leonardo Giordani (Ita - De Nardi)
21. Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr - Landbouwkrediet-Colnago)
22. Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita - Saeco)
23. Andrea Peron (Ita - Team CSC)
24. Corrado Serina (Ita - Formaggi Pinzolo Fiavé)
25. Sergey Avdyeyev (Ukr - Landbouwkrediet-Colnago)
26. Lorenzo Bernucci (Ita - Landbouwkrediet-Colnago)
27. Mariano Piccoli (Ita - Lampre)
28. Ruslan Gryshenko (Ukr - Landbouwkrediet-Colnago)
29. Renzo Mazzoleni (Ita - Tenax)
30. Crescenzo D'Amore (Ita - Acqua & Sapone-Caffé Mokambo)
31. Scott Davis (Aus - Ceramiche Panaria-Margres)