Why Gibo may be the niftiest pro in Europe …

Gibo, Gilberto Simoni, two-time winner of the Giro d’Italia, the guy who could outclimb Pantani (even a bit during his amateur years), may actually be sorta cool despite being totally euro. No, I don’t think "cool" and "euro" usually go well together. On the contrary, "euro" and "doper" usually fit much better. But, at least I hope, Gibo may break the mold.

The real reason I’m thinking Gibo is sorta nifty is this: After doing a mountain bike marathon as a training ride, Gibo suddenly realized that mountain biking is more fun than road biking—REVELATION! Of course, he’s not the first road pro to realize this. But unlike the rest, Gibo is actually willing to basically scrap his road bike season after the Giro this year to compete in mountain bike events. C’mon, you have to admit, that’s pretty cool.

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