Chris Anker Sørensen's first two years at Team CSC Saxo Bank were better than the Dane expected. He revealed in an interview with the team that he is "overwhelmed" with 2007 and 2008.
"I had high hopes, but I can't say I saw this coming at all," he said.
The 24-year-old had only two wins this season, but they were big ones: the queen stage in both the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré and the Österreich-Rundfahrt. He also finished in the top 20 in both Olympic races and the World Championships road race.
He explained his two stage wins were "fantastic," but added, "I'm also proud of my efforts at the Olympics and the World Championships. I'm extremely happy with the bronze medal, which Denmark won through Matti Breschel. Both he and national trainer Lars Bonde were quick to thank me for my efforts. ... It's been ages since a Danish team has worked as hard for each other as we did."
Sørensen has ridden two Grand Tours, the Vuelta a España in 2007 and the Giro d'Italia this year. He is now aiming for the Tour de France in 2009. "The route looks like it would suit me well with relatively few time trial kilometres and many climbs, where my skills should come in handy for the team." (SW)