Giro d'Italia - Sorensen wins at Terminillo

Eurosport - Sun, 16 May 16:26:00 2010

Denmark's Chris Anker Sorensen won the first mountainous stage of the Giro d'Italia at the summit of Terminillo.

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The 25-year-old Dane from Saxo Bank claimed the biggest victory of his life as he crossed the line 30 seconds ahead of Simone Stortoni (Colnago).

The duo were part of a 17-man escape group that formed during the 189km eighth stage from Chianciano.

They held off all the main general classification contenders on the concluding 16km Terminillo climb which peaked at 1668 meters.

Alexander Vinokourov retains the pink jersey after finishing 55 seconds behind the leader in eighth position in a group that included main rivals Cadel Evans, Vincenzo Nibali, Ivan Basso, Damiano Cunego, Michele Scarponi and Stefano Garzelli.

The latter trio all moved into the top ten on GC as Britain's David Millar, third overnight, dropped out of the top 30 on GC after finishing over 17 minutes down.

The escape group of Thomas Voeckler and Johann Tschopp (Bbox Bouygues Telecom), Carlos Ochoa and Jackson Rodriguez (Androni), Chris Froome and Steve Cummings (Sky), Rigoberto Uran (Caisse d'Epargne), David Moncoutié (Cofidis), Matthias Brandle (Footon-Servetto), Steven Kruiswijk (Rabobank), Evgeny Petrov (Katusha), Anthony Ravard (AG2R-La Mondiale), Addy Engels (Quick Step), Cayetano Sarmiento (Acqua e Sapone) plus Sorensen and Stortoni reached the final climb, which had an average gradient of 7.3%, with a two minute lead on the peloton.

They were gradually whittled down on the ascent with Stortoni, the only home rider in the break, going clear with 10km only to be overtaken by Sorensen who held on bravely for the victory.

Xavier Tondo burst out of the maglia rosa group inside the final 3km but left his victory bid too late, finishing 36 seconds back in third place.

Vinokourov continues to lead world champion Evans by one minute and 12 seconds overall with Liquigas-Doimo duo Nibali and Basso climbing to third and fourth respectively within two minutes of the Kazakh's lead.

Overall standings 1. Alexandre Vinokourov (Kazakhstan / Astana) 29hrs 01mins 26secs" 2. Cadel Evans (Australia / BMC Racing) +1:12" 3. Vincenzo Nibali (Italy / Liquigas) +1:33" 4. Ivan Basso (Italy / Liquigas) +1:51" 5. Marco Pinotti (Italy / HTC - Columbia) +2:17" 6. Richie Porte (Australia / Saxo Bank) +2:26" 7. Vladimir Karpets (Russia / Katusha) +2:34" 8. Stefano Garzelli (Italy / Acqua & Sapone) +2:47"

Giro - Stage 9: Monday 1.45pm LIVE on British Eurosport (Sky 410 / Virgin 521) & on the Eurosport Player.

Lee Walker / Eurosport

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