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During one of the early stage post-stage shows, Gigi Sgarbozza really tore into the DS and Team Manager of Lampre for how they handled the team assignments, etc. He apologized beforehand, saying that he is a great admirer of the TM. The host eventually had to calm him down - he was really incensed (he is a great supporter of Italian cycling). The team people were actually quite timid (apologetic?) when they responded.
In that exchange, and in a couple of interviews during later stages from the team car, the DS pointed out that Cunego was scheduled for the Giro and the TdF, and therefore would not be in prime condition for the Giro. That was one reason why Cunego was supporting Simoni.
The race proved that to be a correct assessment. He eventually ran out of legs, and Simoni should have known that was a possibility. He probably did know, but with Cunego on the ascension and Simoni on the decline career-wise, he looks for any excuse he can find. Not very classy.