Simone Stortoni of Colnago-CSF had high hopes of winning a stage at the Giro d’Italia. Stortoni attacked on the Terminillo climb on its last 10.5 kilometers but Saxo Bank’s Chris Anker Sørensen was faster and Stortoni came only second.
Stortoni shared his sad thoughts, “I’m very disappointed because I’ve dreamed for a while of a stage win at an uphill finish at the Giro d’Italia.” This was his first Grand Tour since he turned pro. Prior to his joining the CSF Group-Navigare last season, Stortoni was with Luca Scinto in the Neri-Lucchini team.
The fog and rain made the finish line at Terminillo a cold one. Stortoni wanted to win for his mother’s birthday. “I only had one kilometre when my legs didn’t respond and that’s when Sørensen attacked. He’s done a great job in winning this stage. He’s a rider I had only seen on television before. He hasn’t come out of nowhere.”
Stortoni was disappointed because it is not always that one can have the chance for a stage win, but all in all, he remains optimistic for the team. “I hope this is the start of a different Giro for our team. We’ve only had bad luck since Amsterdam. I came to this race mostly to help [Domenico] Pozzovivo, who crashed on the first day.”
The Colnago-CSF Inox team suffered a loss earlier when Sacha Modolo retired after 70 kilometers. Modolo was in pain due to a sciatic nerve which is most likely the cause of his crash on stage three at the Milan-San Remo. Modolo finished fourth.