Brian Holm

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Brian Holm
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Personal information
Full name Brian Holm Sørensen
Born (1962-10-02) 2 October 1962 (age 52)
Copenhagen, Denmark
Team information
Current team Omega Pharma-Quick Step (Director sportif)
Discipline Road
Role Director sportif
Professional team(s)
1986
1987
1988
1989-1991
1992
1993-1994
1995-1997
1998
1998
Roland - Van de Ven
Roland - Skala
Roland
Histor - Sigma
Tulip Computers
Telekom
Team Deutsche Telekom
Team Home - Jack & Jones
Acceptcard Pro Cycling
Major wins
Denmark National time trial champion
Infobox last updated on
15 July 2011

Brian Holm Sørensen (born 2 October 1962) is a retired Danish professional rider in road bicycle racing from 1986 to 1998, and rode for Team Telekom from 1993 to 1997, and was part of the team that brought his fellow Dane Bjarne Riis to victory in the 1996 Tour de France. Brian Holm rode in the Tour de France seven times, and completed each one.

Biography[edit]

Brian Holm was born in Copenhagen. He has been a reliable domestique for most of his career, and also sports 11 individual victories, including a national championship (1990), the one-day classic Paris–Brussels and the semi-classic Paris–Camembert.

After his active career, Brian Holm has acted as a sport director, first for Danish pro-teams Team Acceptcard (1999) and Team Fakta, then for the Danish national team, and from 2003 for Team Telekom (sponsors changed several times) until 2011 when the team, latterly known as HTC-Highroad, came to an end.

Holm is cited as a motivational influence on prominent [1] HTC-Highroad cyclist, Mark Cavendish. During the 2011 UCI Road World Championships in Copenhagen, won by Cavendish, he reportedly rode in the team support car with Great Britain coach Rod Ellingworth.

In February 2004 he was diagnosed with colon cancer, and underwent surgery before returning to racing. Following his experience with cancer, Holm established La Flamme Rouge, as a means to raise money for charitable organisations supporting cancer patients through sport. La Flamme Rouge sells various products such as cycle clothing designed for them by Paul Smith. Mark Cavendish is one of its ambassadors.

In November 2013 Holm was elected as a municipal councillor in Frederiksberg, a town forming an enclave in the Copenhagen Municipality, despite undertaking little campaigning. Holm stood for election as a candidate of the Conservative People's Party.[2]

Doping[edit]

In his 2002 autobiography, he admitted having used doping during the 1990s. This did not cost him his job as manager for the Danish national team, despite some concern about him being a role model for the young riders. In May 2007, he admitted having used erythropoietin (EPO) on two occasions in 1996 at Team Telekom.[3]

Palmarès[edit]

1983
Duo Normand (with Jack Olsen
1984
1st Grand Prix de la Ville de Lillers
1986 – Roland
Templeuve
Omloop van de Grenstreek
3rd, Trofeo Baracchi (with Jesper Skibby)
Circuit de la Frontiers
1990 – Histor
 Denmark National championship, individual time trial
Stage 3, Tour d'Armorique
GP Wieler Revue
Stage 4, Paris–Nice, team time trial
Stage 2, Tour de l'Oise
1991 – Histor-Sigma
Paris–Camembert
Paris–Brussels
1995 – Team Telekom
Stage 6, Boland Bank International
2nd MaillotDinamarca.svg National Road Race Championships
1996 – Team Telekom
3rd, Dwars door Vlaanderen
7th, Paris - Roubaix
1997 – Team Telekom
3rd, E3 Prijs Vlaanderen
1998 – Acceptcard Pro Cycling
Stage 3, Danmark Rundt

Bibliography[edit]

An autobiography written in Danish. The title can be translated to The pain - the joy: memories of a life on the bike.

A book in Danish about his cancer. The title can be translated to The last kilometer - A book about becoming wiser.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "How Mark Cavendish Conquered the World". Cycling Weekly. 2011-10-13. 
  2. ^ Miles, James Kristoffer (20 November 2013). "Brian Holm spurter ind på Frederiksberg - næstflest stemmer" [Brian Holm sprints in Frederiksberg - second in]. Ekstrabladet (in Danish). Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Westemeyer, Susan (2007-05-24). "Zabel and Aldag confess EPO usage". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2007-05-24. 

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