Chris Anker Sørensen Solo Win at Giro d'Italia
Chris Anker Sørensen celebrated one the greatest moments of his career by winning the mountain stage to Terminillo in Giro d'Italia on Sunday riding Zipp Wheels and SRAM RED.
After yesterday's mud bath, the international peloton today enjoyed a more traditional day at work on the 189 kilometer long eighth stage of the Giro d'Italia from Chianciano Terme to Terminillo with an uphill finish over 16 kilometers.
Team Saxo Bank's Chris Anker Sørensen soon seized the opportunity to leap away in a long-lasting breakaway of 17 riders. And the front group worked well together to gain as much time as possible before taking on the long final climb. In the front of the peloton, Lampre controlled the pace.
As the front group including Team Saxo Bank's climber, Chris Anker Sørensen hit the foot of the climb with a two minute gap to the chasing peloton, the breakaway was soon split in two. With 12 kilometers to go, Team Saxo Bank' Chris Anker Sørensen tried to create a gap but it was not until Simone Stortoni (Colnago) leaped away, that the race truly opened. The Team Saxo Bank-rider however closed the gap alone to the small Italian rider and went pass him to increase the pace of the duo.
And the pace of the Danish rider soon became too much for Simone Stortoni (Colnago) who was dropped with kilometers to go and the Team Saxo Bank-rider now struggled intensely to maintain the pace to the finish line on top of the climb to beat the chasing pack of favorites coming close from behind.
Team Saxo Bank's Richie Porte did another great job today and he is sixth overall.
Alexandre Vinokorov (Astana), also riding Zipp Wheels and SRAM RED, is still in the lead of the race ahead of World champion, Cadel Evans (BMC).
Copy: Team Saxo Bank