The cycling world is in mourning. Chris Anker Sorensen, a 37-year-old former Danish cyclist and Alberto Contador’s former partner at Saxo Bank, died this Saturday after being hit by a vehicle. Sorensen was in Belgium, where he would participate as a commentator in the broadcast of the Road Cycling World Championship for the Danish network TV2.
Sorensen went out on Saturday to ride his bicycle when he was hit by a vehicle, which caused his death from the injuries suffered in the accident. Retired in 2018, Anker Sorensen went from the roads to the sets and remade himself as a cycling commentator, providing broadcast experience after 13 years in business.
Sørensen, 37, was cycling when the accident happened.
It is with great sadness that I have received the news that our good colleague Chris Anker Sørensen has died, says sports manager in the channel Frederik Lauesen.
Consolidated and reputed gregarious, Chris Anker Sorensen shared a team with Alberto Contador in the ranks of the Tinkoff Saxo Bank and even participated in 12 Grand Tours. Known to the general public for his efforts in the Tour de France, his great triumph as a professional would come at the 2010 Giro d’Italia, in which he achieved a stage victory. Rest in peace.
Everyone liked him
It’s just unbelievably sad. It is a shock, says TV 2’s cycling expert Mads Kaggestad to Dagbladet before he continues:
I was sitting next to him when I commented during the Tour de France. He liked everyone. He was a very friendly guy who saw everyone. Incredibly humble and interested in others. A very polite type you got respect for. It was impossible not to like him.
Dag Otto Lauritzen knew Sørensen well and shares Kaggestad’s grief.
It’s tragic. Words become redundant. It’s terribly sad. I knew him very well. He was a mood spreader and very well-liked by everyone who knows him, Lauritzen tells Dagbladet.
Lauritzen has covered many of the same races as Sørensen.
A tragic loss occurred today with the passing of former professional cyclist and journalist, Chris Anker Sørensen.
— UCI (@UCI_cycling) September 18, 2021
He was always out cycling before the stages of the Tour de France. We sat next to each other almost as we commented on each of our channels.
It shows how unpredictable life is, Lauritzen continues.
Kurt Asle Arvesen, who rode with Chris Anker Sørensen in CSC / Saxo-Bank, spoke to TV 2 right after he had received the tragic news.
I do not know if I am able to express anything, but it is of course very sad. He was an incredibly good teammate and an absolutely wonderful guy. That was probably also a lot of the reason why he got the role he got after his cycling career, he says to the channel.
It’s strange to talk about. He was intelligent and inclusive, and then he had self-irony. Chris became very popular in Denmark, and after his career, he was allowed to continue working on what he liked best, cycling. He was absolutely formidable in conveying that when he commented, says Arvesen.
On social media, condolences are pouring in from a cycling world in grief.
I’m completely speechless. Incredibly sad, writes TV 2’s cycling commentator Christian Paasche.
My sweet, caring, and talented friend. It is incomprehensible to think that we will never see each other again. You were always there for everyone else, even when you were doing much bigger things in your own life and career. Rest in peace, Chris Anker Sørensen writes the Danish cycling expert Brian Nygaard on Twitter.
Schleck: “He was my role model”
Chris Anke Sorensen had stood out especially alongside Andy Schleck at Saxo Bank, a team where he was the leader of the ranks in 2012 at the Tour de France. “I don’t know what to say. I got a message from him yesterday and this hit me hard. He was living his life, riding a lot on a bicycle was his religion,” acknowledged Andy Schleck, his friend, and partner.
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“He started as a fan, lived his dream as a cyclist, and continued with the sport because he wanted to give something back. He was my role model,” explained Luxembourgish. “You will not find anyone this sport with a bad word about it. It is a great loss for cycling,” concluded the 2010 Tour de France winner of Sorensen.
Born in Hammel, Sørensen had a promising performance at the 2008 Tour of Austria and then competed for Denmark (along with Nicki Sørensen and Brian Vandborg ) in the 2008 Olympic street race, finishing 12th overall.
Starting with the 2010 season, Sørensen, who lived in Luxembourg, rode with a Luxembourg license as the UCI no longer allowed the Danish federation to grant Danish licenses to riders living abroad. During the season, he won a stage at the Giro d’Italia.
At the 2012 Tour de France, Sørensen finished 14th overall and was awarded the most aggressive driver after attacking heavily in the mountains.
In September 2015 it was announced that he would leave Tinkoff – Saxo and join Fortuneo – Vital Concept for the 2016 season, with a supporting role in Eduardo sepúlveda in Grand Tours.
In February 2018, he announced that he would retire at the end of 2018.