Velonews wrote: "It's been a frustrating Giro for defending champion Simoni. After crossing Friday's finish line at Bormio 2000, he abruptly turned around and rode back down to the team hotel. The Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport reported that he called Cunego "a bastard and an idiot" for reeling in Simoni's solo attack and then taking the victory on the climbing finish." You knew his support for Cunego would wain when his pride was at stake. Doesn't everybody love a dominant grand tour winner (barring the mailman)?