Sure, he can be something of a cry-ass. But 2003 Giro de Italia champion Gilberto Simoni put his legs where his mouth is today on the Giro's--and arguably Europe's--toughest mountain stage.
He dropped the select group that included maglia rosa Danilo DiLuca and wunderkind Damiano Cunego and powered to the line with his trusted lieutenant Leonardo Piepoli alongside.
Check the look on DiLuca's face. Yep, this was a tough climb. But worth it, as DiLuca is all but assured of victory in the overall.
It's been a hell of a tour. Thank goodness for RAI TV and their free live webcast.
(Images from VeloNews)