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Chris Anker Sørensen (Danish pronunciation: [ˈkʰʁis aŋkɐ ˈsɶɐ̯nˀsn̩]; born 5 September 1984) is a Danish former professional road bicycle racer, who rode professionally between 2005 and 2018 for the Team Designa Køkken, Tinkoff–Saxo, Fortuneo–Vital Concept and Riwal CeramicSpeed teams. Sørensen now works as a directeur sportif (and co-owner) for his final professional team, racing at UCI Professional Continental level as, Riwal Readynez.[1]

Chris Anker Sørensen
Chris Anker Sørensen TR 2011.jpg
Sørensen at the 2011 Tour de Romandie.
Personal information
Full nameChris Anker Sørensen
Nickname
  • Oksen fra Hammel
  • (English: The Ox from Hammel)
Born (1984-09-05) 5 September 1984 (age 34)
Hammel, Denmark
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight64 kg (141 lb)
Team information
Current teamRiwal Readynez
DisciplineRoad
Role
Rider typeClimbing specialist
Amateur team(s)
2001–2004Hammel CK
Professional team(s)
2005–2006Team Designa Køkken
2005Team CSC (stagiaire)
2007–2015Team CSC
2016Fortuneo–Vital Concept
2017–2018Riwal Platform
Managerial team(s)
2019–Riwal Readynez
Major wins
Grand Tours
Giro d'Italia
1 individual stage (2010)
Tour de France
Combativity award (2012)

One-Day Races and Classics

National Road Race Championship (2015)

Contents

CareerEdit

Born in Hammel, Sørensen had a promising performance in the 2008 Tour of Austria, and then he competed for Denmark (along with Nicki Sørensen and Brian Vandborg) in the 2008 Olympic road race, finishing 12th overall.

Starting with the 2010 season, Sørensen, who lived in Luxembourg, rode under a Luxembourgian license, since the UCI no longer allowed the Danish federation to grant Danish licenses to riders living abroad.[2] During the season, he won a stage in the Giro d'Italia.

In the 2012 Tour de France, Sørensen finished 14th overall and was awarded the most aggressive rider after attacking a lot 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 role to support Eduardo Sepúlveda in Grand Tours.[3]

In February 2018 he announced that he would retire by the end of 2018.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

He has commentated on TV 2 (Denmark) since 2017.[5]

Career achievementsEdit

Major resultsEdit

2001
3rd Road race, National Under–19 Road Championships
2005
1st Stage 3 Ringerike GP
2006
4th Road race, UEC European Under–23 Road Championships
4th Overall Triptyque des Barrages
5th GP Demy–Cars
6th Grand Prix de Waregem
8th Grand Prix Cristal Energie
2007
6th Overall Deutschland Tour
1st Stage 2 (TTT)
2008
1st Stage 6 Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
3rd Grand Prix d'Isbergues
4th Overall Tour of Austria
1st Stage 2
2009
1st Japan Cup
2nd Road race, National Road Championships
5th Overall Tour du Haut Var
6th GP Miguel Indurain
8th Giro dell'Emilia
2010
1st Stage 8 Giro d'Italia
3rd Overall Tour of Slovenia
5th Road race, National Road Championships
6th Overall Tour du Haut Var
2011
1st   Mountains classification Tour de Romandie
5th Road race, National Road Championships
6th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
8th Overall Tour du Haut Var
2012
1st   Mountains classification Volta a Catalunya
  Combativity award Overall Tour de France
5th Road race, National Road Championships
5th Giro dell'Emilia
8th Milano–Torino
2013
2nd Giro dell'Emilia
10th Overall Tour de Pologne
2015
1st   Road race, National Road Championships
9th Overall Tour of Britain

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
  Giro d'Italia 28 27 DNF
  Tour de France 34 69 37 14 84
  Vuelta a España 19 12 18 29

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Chris Anker Sørensen bliver medejer af Riwal - CeramicSpeed Cycling Team" [Chris Anker Sørensen joins the Riwal - CeramicSpeed Cycling Team]. Riwal CeramicSpeed (in Danish). Procycling DK ApS. June 2018. Retrieved 24 January 2019. Den danske cykel-darling, som har givet os mange gode øjeblikke på TV-skærmen, går imod vejs ende som cykelrytter, og træder nu ind i en ny rolle på Riwal - CeramicSpeed Cycling Team, hvor han har tilbragt de sidste to sæsoner af sin lange karriere. [The Danish bicycle darling, who has given us many good moments on the TV screen, goes against the road end as a cyclist, and now enters a new role on the Riwal - CeramicSpeed Cycling Team, where he has spent the last two seasons of his long career.]
  2. ^ Luxembourg licence for Sorensen
  3. ^ "Chris Anker Sorensen to Bretagne-Seche Environnement in 2016". cyclingnews.com. 24 September 2015. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Chris Anker Sørensen stopper karrieren efter denne sæson". sport.tv2.dk (in Danish). 2018-02-20. Retrieved 2018-07-07.
  5. ^ "Chris Anker og Brian Nygaard til TV 2 SPORT". sport.tv2.dk (in Danish). 2016-12-22. Retrieved 2018-07-07.

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