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93rd Giro d'Italia - Stage 8
By Staff
Date: 5/16/2010
93rd Giro d'Italia - Stage 8

93rd Giro d'Italia - Stage 8
Chris Anker Sörensen adds his name to the palmares of the Terminillo - arriving on the summit solo for the best win of his pro career...

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2010 Giro d'Italia
Jersey Leaders - Stage 8

Maglia Rosa:  Alexander Vinokourov
Maglia Rossa: Tyler Farrar  Garmin/Transitions
KOM:  Matthew Lloyd  Omega Pharma/Lotto
U26:  Richie Porte Saxo Bank
Team: Saxo Bank
Giro d'Italia - Big Mountains

25 year old Chris Anker Sörensen attacked on the final 6 kilometers out of the 17 man escape that animated the stage and won solo riding through the fog on the summit of the Terminillo.

 24 year old Simone Stortoni (Colnago/CSF Inox) finished second  at 30 seconds. Cervélo's climber Xavier Tondo who attacked out of the Maglia Rosa group with 4 km to go was next to finish having passed escapees Petrov both Gadret and Petrov to take third only six seconds off Stortoni's pace.

 The last survivor of the break Evgeny Petrov of  Katusha  and Ag2r's John Gadret filled out the top 5 ahead of Damiano Cunego who led the favorites to the finish just four seconds short of a minute.

This is Sörensen most prestigious win in his 3 year pro career, delivering the first win at the Giro for Saxo Bank who he started signed with in 2007; his first since the Japan Cup last year.

After the tough stage yesterday the battle of the Terminillo was one of attrition with the favorites arriving on the climb together as the break of 17 did with a 3 minute lead. The Lampre team got in 4 hours of TV exposure for their sponsors leading the chase throughout the day with four riders on the front.

  Race leader Alexander Vinokourov isolated on the latter part of the climb playing a defensive game as Damiano Cunego testing the legs of Vino, Cadel Evans  et al with most content to chase down any with any chance of moving up the ranks. 

Carlos Sastre again had a tough day losing more time dropping out of the Maglia Rosa group in the final 6 kilometers of the climb; Sastre finished 27th losing a minute to the favorites. Garmin's David Millar also had an off day on the steeps of the Terminillo finishing 129th at 17:55, now in 33rd place.

Stage 8 Chianciano Terme - Monte Terminillo 189 km
The big news at the start to day was overnight rain and snow on the summit of the Terminillo. Out of the gate it was the Omega Pharma/Lotto team leading the parade out of town and into the opening kilometers of the first of the Giro's climbing festivals.

17 km into the stage Andrea Masciarelli suffering from his crash on Friday pulled the plug on his race, 3 km later Lampre's sprinter Alessandro Petacchi who had to give up his mission of adding to this 22 Giro victories this year due to bronchitis.

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Escapes were tried but none had any success as the peloton started the first climb of the day started; Cat. 3 Valico Di Monte Nibbio after 36 km. over the summit current mountain king Omega Pharma's Matthew Lloyd took the points explaining the strong presences of his team on the front. Ag2r's Yuriy Krivtsov and Androni's Jose Carlos Ochoa took the remaining mtn. points.

An attack on the descent by Androni's Jackson Rodriguez set the race in action, he's quick to open a gap of a minute with 139 km to go... The pusuit for Rodriguez splits the peloton in two as Cummings and Kruijwijk attempt to bridge  to the Venezuelan. The two riders are caught within 5 km; but the damage is done with the second group of half the riders one minute back.

split peloton is separated by a minute as the chase continues. It's all too much for Acqua & Sapone rider Francesco Masciarelli  who abandons.

An attack of 12 riders opened a gap at the 78 km marker and are followed by a counter of 5. The two groups merge and open a gap of over two minutes with 100 km to go. The Lampre/Farnese Vini blue and fucsia jerseys dominate the front of the peloton pegging  the gap back to 1:30. 

The 17 on the front include: Bbox duo Johan Tschopp and Thomas Voeckler, Team SKY's Chris Froome and Steven Cummings, David Moncoutie (Cofidis),  Colnago's Simone Stortoni, Jackson Rodriguez (Androni Giocattoli), Caisse d'Epargne's Rigoberto Uran; and...

Matthais Brandle (Footon/Servetto), Rabobank's Steven Krujiswijk, Katusha's Dimitri Petrov, Chris Anker Sorensen (Saxo Bank), Tunarrosa Sarmiento (Acqua & Sapone), Anthony Ravard and  Sebastien Hinault (Ag2r La Mondiale), and Addy Engels (Quick Step).

The abandon's continued with Milram's Fabian Wegmann, Rabobank's Dmitry Kozontchuk and BMC's John Murphy abandoning the race.

4 Lampre's on the front with Astana tucked in with Vino... Through the sprint in Terni with 60 km to go our 17 are led by Hinault, Brandle and Sorensen with a gap of 2:15

Over the Cat. 3 Marmore with 50 km to go Hinault takes the max points, followed by Jackson Rodriguez and Tommy Voeckler. The group of 17 continued to work well together as the blu and Fucsia riders continued to dominate the chase keeping the gap at 2:15.

On the approach to the Terminillo the escapees doubled their efforts as Thomas Voeckler took long pulls on the front opening the gap to 3:20 on the peloton. Behind Milram joined the Lampre's on the front.

With 15 km to go our optimists looked good with a gap of 2:40 as Hinault, Voeckler and Sorensen led on the climb. The pace put Rodriguez, Tschopp and Froome in difficulty as Anthony Ravard followedout the back...  the gap fell to 1:45; but no worries, this is always the place where optimism and reality meet.

The winners will repeat  Possiamo farcela (We can do it) and the nay sayers will say it can be done and those rung out by the road will claim  "CHISSENEFREGA" ("who really cares about it?")

Behind the Lampre riders continued to lead as the peloton started to shed riders out the back with a group of 45 riders following - Vinokourov, down to two support riders.

An attack by. Simone Stortoni at 10 km to go reduced the group of 14 to 8 riders, with 1:50 on the Vinokourov group that was having its own attrition even faster attrition; now only 14 riders as they picked up and dropped some of the former escapees.

Chris Sorensen  joined Stortoni on the quest with Petrov and Sarmiento fighting to return at 8 seconds and the others at 24. Behind Michele Scarponi attacked the leaders opening a gap of 30 seconds, it takes a minute for a reaction, but he is chased down.

With just over 5 km to go Sorensen attacked Stortoni as the peloton closed in on the escapees to 1:30. Scarponi goes again, Basso reels in Scarponi's attack. Cunego immediately charges up the right side of the road from the right on the counter attack Garzelli jumps to join the 'little prince' but Nibali and Basso shut down the move... Sastre goes off the back on the acceleration reducing the maglia rosa group to 13.

A counter attack with 4 km to go for Xavier Tondo proved more successful as he quickly caught and passed the raiders ahead of him.

Sorensen has opened a gap on Stortoni and was campaigning for a solo victory as Stortoni, and Petrov fought to deny the chase. Meanwhile the leaders are absorbing the riders who lost Sorensen's wheel.

Sorensen looked deep in concentration on the climb purging the pain with each revolution of his wheels with 2 km to go he had 22 seconds on his only rival for the victory at this poiit Simone Stortoni.

Entering the final km Sorensen is back out of the saddle surrounded in the thick fog of the summit with a look of determined exhaustion.

Sorensen emerged out of  the fog on the summit to the cheers of the tifosi taking a stunning solo victory, smiling and raising both hands over his head as he went under the finish banners.

Behind a the attacks in the leaders group were over as a watchful peace was reached as they raced to the summit.

Tomorrow's stage from  Avellino to  Bitonto over 230 kilometers will be a fight between the stage hunters and the sprinters  as our top ten riders try to have an easy day after they have approved the selection of optimists that will be given an opportunity of to beat the sprinters into the finish in Bitonto town.  You can read a more detailed preview in  Giles Belbin's Parcours Preview Week 2.

Stage 8 Results
Chianciano Terme - Monte Terminillo

8189 km -  4:50:48- 38.995 km/h.
1 Chris Anker Sörensen  Saxo Bank 4:50:48
2 Simone Stortoni  Colnago/CSF Inox 
3 Tondo Volpini Xavier Esp Cervello TestTeam 0:36
4 Petrov Evgeni Rus
Katusha  0:49
 5 John Gadret  Ag2r La Mondiale   
6 Damiano Cunego Lampre/Farnese Vini  0:56
7 Stefano Garzelli  Acqua & Sapone/d'Angelo 0:56
8 Vinokourov Alexandre Astana  0:56
9 Evans Cadel  BMC Racing  0:56
10 Basso Ivan  Liquigas/Doimo  0:56
11 Nibali Vincenzo  Liquigas/Doimo   0:56
12 Scarponi Michele  Androni Giocattoli 0:56
13 Mollema Bauke  Rabobank  0:56
14 Pozzovivo Domenico  Colnago/d'Angelo 1:12
15 Kiserlovski Robert  Liquigas/Doimo 1:16

General Classification After Stage 8
1 Vinokourov Alexandre Kaz Astana 29:01:26 
2 Evans Cadel Aus BMC Racing  1:12
3 Nibali Vincenzo Ita Liquigas/Doimo   1:33

4 Basso Ivan Ita Liquigas/Doimo    1:51
5 Pinotti Marco Ita Thr HTC Columbia  2:17

6 Porte Richie Aus Saxo Bank  2:26
7 Karpets Vladimir Rus Katusha  2:34
8 Garzelli Stefano Ita Asa Acqua & Sapone 2:47
9 Cunego Damiano Ita Lamre/Farnese Vini   3:08
10 Scarponi Michele Ita  Androni Giocattoli 3:09
11 Arroyo Duran David Esp  Caisse d'Epargne 4:22
12 Kiserlovski Robert Cro  Liquigas/Doimo   4:25
13 Agnoli Valerio Ita  Liquigas/Doimo    4:42
14 Weening Pieter Ned  Rabobank  5:42
15 Mollema Bauke Ned  Rabobank  6:05


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