Posted by Editoress on 07/8/08
Tour of Austria
Report by Martin Roseneder
The first showdown of the GC favorites occurred at the second stage of the 60th International Tour of Austria from Toblach/Dobbiaco up to the KitzbÃƒÂ¼heler Horn. CSC pro Anker Chris Sorensen won with a 12 second lead on ElkHaus' Thomas Rohregger and 27 seconds ahead of Ruslan Pidgornyy (LPR Brakes Ballan). Vladimir Gusev (Astana) scored fourth (+29 sec), Giampaolo Caruso (Ceramica) fifth (+1:29 min), Michael Barry (Team Columbia) sixth (+1:43 min) and Davide Rebellin from Gerolsteiner seventh (+ 1:43 min).
For a very long time two riders dominated the race: 40 kilometers after the start in Toblach/Dobbiaco Dimytro Grabovskyy (Quick Step) and Michael Barry (Columbia) jumped away from the peloton. Their lead had been up to 13:40 on the main bunch. At the final climb to the challenging KitzbÃƒÂ¼heler Horn, with 19 turns, 7.5 kilometres in length and a maximum gain of 20% (known as one of the most demanding mountains of Europe), the two riders were caught after 140 km.
Rohregger took the lead up to the KitzbÃƒÂ¼heler Horn
As soon as the climb began up to the KitzbÃƒÂ¼heler Horn the field broke into many groups. Thomas Rohregger, who won the the stage up to the KitzbÃƒÂ¼hler Horn last year, launched the first attack and only Sorensen was able to follow him. "Right after the tollgate I attacked and noticed that Sorensen was very strong. It was a tactical decision and I wanted to dare the Dane, who doesn't know the mountain as well as I do. But unfortunately he was able to keep up." Rohregger analysed.
Sorensen celebrates second stage win as professional
Anke Chris Sorensen winner of sixth stage of the Dauphine Libere this year, celebrates his second victory as a professional: "I know the mountain only because of stories of my brother who was racing here. Yes, it was very difficult." Tomorrow, the Dane will wear the yellow jersey but he is not confident of being a favorite for the overall victory:" Thomas Rohregger for me is the favorite. But are some more difficult stages and I still need to improve my time trial. "Thomas Rohregger, who will wear the jersey of the best Austrian rider, says: "My favourite is Ruslan Pidgornyy. He is very good in time trial and improved in the mountains."
Statistics of the GroÃƒÅ¸glockner
Tomorrow the riders have to pass the Grossglockner, the 'roof' of the tour. The 3rd stage is starting in KitzbÃƒÂ¼hel and the finish will be after 170 km in PrÃƒÂ¤graten. Last year won Christian Pfannberger the prestigeous "Glockner King" (Title for the 1st cyclist at the top of the GroÃƒÅ¸glockner) in 47:23 minutes. The second best time had Tomas Konecny from Czech Republica with 47:46 minutes. Since the first tour in 1949 there had been 20 austrian winner of the Glockner classification. Christian Pfannberger won it last year, Bernhard Kohl won two years ago.
|Stage 2: Toblach to Kitzbuheler Horn/Alpenhaus, 169.6 km|
|1. Chris Anke Sorensen (Den) Team CSC Saxo Bank||4:19:00|
|2. Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Elk Haus - Simplon||at 0:12|
|3. Ruslan Pidgornyy (Ukr) LPR Brakes-Ballan||0:27|
|4. Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Astana||0:29|
|5. Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia Bossini Docce||1:29|
|6. Michael Barry (Can) Team Columbia||1:43|
|7. Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner||1:43|
|8. Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step||2:07|
|9. Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana||2:21|
|10. Walter Pedraza (Col) Tinkoff Credit Systems||2:44|
|1. Chris Anke Sorensen (Den) Team CSC Saxo Bank||8:41:04|
|2. Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Elk Haus - Simplon||at 0:16|
|3. Ruslan Pidgornyy (Ukr) LPR Brakes-Ballan||0:33|
|4. Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Astana||0:39|
|5. Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia Bossini Docce||1:39|
|6. Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner||1:49|
|7. Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step||2:17|
|8. Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana||2:31|
|9. Michael Barry (Can) Team Columbia||2:32|
|10. Jure Golcer (Slo) LPR Brakes-Ballan||2:54|
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