Chris Anker Sorensen Climbs to 2010 Giro d'Italia Stage 8 Win
Danish rider Chris Anker Sorensen won the first uphill finish of the 2010 Giro d'Italia on Sunday, and Team Astana's Alexandre Vinokourov maintained the pink overall leader's jersey.
Danish rider Chris Anker Sorensen won the first uphill finish of the 2010 Giro d'Italia on Sunday, and Team Astana's Alexandre Vinokourov maintained the pink overall leader's jersey. Watch Chris Anker Sorensen win in our video section.
Taking advantage of an early breakaway, Chris Anker Sørensen clocked 4 hours, 50 minutes, 48 seconds in the eighth stage, a 117-mile leg from Chianciano Terme to Terminillo, after climbing up most of the final mountain in solo fashion, clearly suffering.
The stage ended with a 10-mile climb to the Terminillo ski resort in central Italy, with the upper section of the climb shrouded in fog.
Sorensen was part of a group of riders who broke away after 47 miles, gaining a three-minute advantage at one point.
Simone Stortoni of Team Colnago-CSF Inox finished second, 30 seconds behind, and Cervelo TestTeam's Xavier Tondo Volpini of Spain was third, 36 seconds back. Vinokourov was eighth with the other race favorites, 56 seconds behind.
Cervelo TestTeam's Carlos Sastre, the 2008 Tour de France winner, struggled on the final climb and finished 2 minutes behind, dropping to 21st overall -- 8:10 behind Vinokourov.
Sprinting standout Alessandro Petacchi (Team Lampre-Farnese Vini) withdrew midway through the stage.
Monday's ninth stage follows a mostly flat 116-mile route from Frosinone to Cava De' Tirreni.
Stay tuned to us here at Roadcycling.com for complete 2010 Giro d'Italia coverage including video highlights from the race and visit www.universalsports.com/cycling for live video from the Giro d'Italia. View more photos from today's stage on our stage 8 results page.
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