July 21, 2003
Gilberto Simoni's rider's diary at Bicycling magazine has been updated since his victory yesterday:
One day of glory can't change my Tour de France, but it was an amazing experience for me. To hear once again people call my name along the way, to encourage me. They waited for me during my bad times, and they comprehend my results. I won Giro d'Italia, my first task. Again, I tried to be on the top in Tour de France too. It was impossible, this year at least. I'll try again in the future. If I look around me, I don't see any of my challengers from the Giro d'Italia. I mean, it's not so easy to be at your top for such a long period. I'm sure the same would be true for Armstrong, Ullrich and so on, if they tried to face the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France in the same season--even once in their life.