Simoni Back On Track
Translated From Team Saeco Press Release –
Gilberto Simoni’s right knee is quickly getting better and he will soon be able to train hard and start racing again.
The Saeco Macchine per Caffe’ – Longoni Sport rider saw specialist Prof Gianni Ricci this morning, who confirmed that Simoni can soon begin to get in some serious training.
“I saw that his knee is in good shape,” Prof Ricci said. “It’s not swollen and there’s no liquid present. Simoni can gradually start training and even try and test his knee in a couple of days.”
Simoni was naturally happy to hear the good news: “It was exactly what I wanted to hear,” he said. “I rode for a few kilometres yesterday and felt a bit unbalanced but that was perhaps due to not having moved my leg for five days. Now after this good news I can start training properly and might even do a tough ride this weekend.”
Simoni hopes to start racing again at the Tour of the Basque Country which starts on Monday.
“I need and want to race,” Simoni said. “It’s important I start as soon as possible so that I can get used to racing. Starting the Tour of the Basque Country would be perfect even if I’m not in great shape. I only have to be competitive from the Giro del Trentino.”
The decision whether Simoni rides in Spain will be made by the Saeco medical and technical staff in the next few days after seeing how Simoni responds to training.