Gilberto Simoni - 1st Giro D'Italia Victory, 2001

1st Giro D'Italia Victory, 2001

The 2000 season started well for Simoni: he'd transferred to the top-ranked Lampre-Daikin team of two-time Giro d'Italia winner Giuseppe Saronni and went on to again finish on the podium of the Giro d'Italia. Simoni cemented his reputation as a climbing specialist by winning the dramatic Alto de El Angliru stage of that year's Vuelta a EspaƱa.

Simoni started the 2001 Giro d'Italia as Lampre's undisputed leader and hope for the general classification, which he won with a comfortable margin.

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