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Incredible Mauricio Soler Wins Tour’s Ninth Stage for Underdog Team Barloworld!

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Team Barloworld’s Colombian climber Mauricio Soler won stage nine of the Tour de France today, taking his fourth and most important victory of his short professional career.

“It was an incredible win, something I never expected to achieve. But with some great team work it all worked out fine,” Soler, 24, told reporters.

The Barloworld rider was awarded by the new President of French Republic, Nicolas Sarkozy, who followed the race on the Tour de France director’s vehicle.

Mauricio Soler
Soler has his biggest win to date.

With 64 km to go, Soler launched with a solo attack from the already shrunken peloton.

In 17 kilometers, he managed to rejoin an earlier breakaway from two and a half minutes behind, and then launched another impressive acceleration that no one else could match.

The 24-year-old Colombian climber reached the top of the Galibier with a 2.20 gap on Contador (Discovery Channel) and 3.20 on yellow jersey Michael Rasmussen (Rabobank) and Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d’Epargne).

Mauricio Soler
Fantastic solo win for Soler.

Soler, with all the team leaders chasing hard from behind, bombed down the descent aboard his Cannondale System Six, and then pushed up the final rise to the finish, where he could finally raise his arms for the most important win in his career.

With this win, Soler gained positions in the overall standing (he is now in 17th position), in the climbers’ classification (2nd) and in the white jersey contest (3rd).

Mauricio Soler
Claudio Corti enjoys the moment – he never expected his team – a wildcard entry in the race – to make the impact it has.

Michael Rasmussen kept the yellow jersey with 2.35 over Alejandro Valverde.

As Rasmussen is also the climber classification’s leader, tomorrow it will be Soler to don the polka-dot jersey, being second in this special standing.

The win marks Cannondale’s second stage win in Briancon, as Team Liquigas’ Giro d’Italia-winning Danilo Di Luca took stage 12 of that race as well!

Martin Williamson
Martin is our Editor, Web site Designer and Manager, and concentrates on photography. He's been involved in cycling for over 42 years and has raced for many of them, having a varied career which includes time trials, road and track racing, and triathlons. Martin has been the Scottish 25 Mile TT and 100 Mile TT Champion, the British Points Race League Champion on the track, and was a prolific winner of time trials in his day, particularly hilly ones like the Tour de Trossachs and the Meldons MTT.

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