Gilberto Simoni

Gilberto Simoni ( born August 25, 1971 in Palu di Giovo ) is an Italian former racing cyclist.

Simoni is one of the best pure climbers in the early 2000s. He could win two times the Giro d'Italia, he won five more times podiums, making it next to the Campionissimi Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali one of three drivers who completed seven times the current in the top three.

Successes and doping suspicions

Simoni 1994 professional cycling team at Jolly Componibili - Cage. After the Giro d' Italia finished in third place respectively in the years 1999 and 2000, he won the hosting of 2001 with a lead of 7:31 minutes on Abraham Olano

In 2002 Simoni won the uphill finish of the 11th stage in Campitello Matese. Afterwards, however, he had to rely on pressure from the organizers and other teams after the announcement of a positive doping test for cocaine in the previous April the race. He defended himself by claiming that the findings have eregeben due candies that have brought him his aunt from Peru, and was acquitted by italienisichen Cycling Federation after police found cocaine in the candy.

Simoni won the 2003 Giro d'Italia superior with 7:06 minutes ahead of Stefano Garzelli, three stages and the points classification. In the subsequent Tour de France 2003, however, he finished only 84th rank

His overall victories in the Giro he was able to in subsequent years not repeat, but to place several years in a row in the first echelon of Appreciation: In 2004, he finished third behind his teammate Damiano Cunego, to which there was a great rivalry. The 2005 Giro d'Italia, he won with only 28 seconds behind Paolo Savoldelli. He finished third in the Giro d' Italia in 2006, which was of Ivan Basso, whom he accused of having not complied with an agreement on the stage to Aprica, won.

The 2007 Giro d'Italia finished Simoni fourth. He won the uphill finish on Monte Zoncolan, one of the most difficult climbs in Europe. However, the result of this stage, taken by doping sample Simonis aroused as well as the samples of other drivers further suspicion, as these had abnormally low hormone levels, which may represent an indication for the use of doping masking preparations.

Mountain biking and Returns

Since autumn 2006, Gilberto Simoni rode next to the road cycling and mountain bike races and won the Italian championship mountain bike marathon. In the mountain bike marathon world championships Tenenbaum 2008 Italian Villa Bassa / Val di Sole, he finished with a backlog of 17:44 minutes on the winner Roel Paulissen 12th place

After the 2010 Giro d'Italia, in which he was to 2:40:14 h residue 69 to winner Ivan Basso, he ended his active career.


  • A stage in the Tour de Suisse
  • A stage of the Giro d' Italia
  • A stage in the Vuelta a España
  • Giro dell'Emilia
  • A stage of Tour de Romandie
  • Giro d' Italia and a stage
  • A stage in the Vuelta a España
  • Japan Cup
  • A stage of the Giro d' Italia
  • Giro del Trentino
  • Giro dell'Appennino
  • Giro d' Italia, points standings and three stages
  • A stage of the Tour de France
  • A stage of Paris-Nice
  • Giro dell'Appennino
  • Giro dell'Emilia
  • Italy Italian champion mountain bike marathon
  • A stage of the Giro d' Italia
  • A stage in the Vuelta Mexico

Rankings in the Grand Tours