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Lampre looses Simoni, but gains Tonkov

Giro d’Italia winner Gilberto Simoni appears to be on his way out of the Lampre team, which on Wednesday released its official team roster for the 2002 season - without his name. Lampre said it had not received word from the 30-year-old Simoni about his future plans, and seemed to anticipate any decision by thanking him for his two years service and wishing him good luck for the future. The Italian outfit will also be without departing Swiss rider Oscar Camenzind, winner of Liege-Bastogne-Liege. However, Lampre will welcome back former team member Pavel Tonkov of Russia, who arrives from

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Simoni's plans for next year probably don't include wearing a Lampre jersey.

Simoni’s plans for next year probably don’t include wearing a Lampre jersey.

Photo: Graham Watson

Giro d’Italia winner Gilberto Simoni appears to be on his way out of the Lampre team, which on Wednesday released its official team roster for the 2002 season – without his name. Lampre said it had not received word from the 30-year-old Simoni about his future plans, and seemed to anticipate any decision by thanking him for his two years service and wishing him good luck for the future.

The Italian outfit will also be without departing Swiss rider Oscar Camenzind, winner of Liege-Bastogne-Liege. However, Lampre will welcome back former team member Pavel Tonkov of Russia, who arrives from Mercury.

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