Nicki Sørensen

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Nicki Sørensen
Isbergues - Grand Prix d'Isbergues, 21 septembre 2014 (B122).JPG
Sørensen at the 2014 Grand Prix d'Isbergues.
Personal information
Full name Nicki Sørensen
Born (1975-05-14) 14 May 1975 (age 39)
Hillerød, Denmark
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 71 kg (157 lb)
Team information
Current team Team Tinkoff-Saxo
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type All-rounder
Professional team(s)
1999
2000
2001–2014
Team Chicky World
Team Fakta
CSC-Tiscali
Major wins
Tour de France, 1 Stage
Vuelta a España, 1 Stage
GP d'Ouverture la Marseillaise (2005),
National Road Race Championships (2003, 2008, 2010, 2011)
Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli (2012)
Infobox last updated on
5 January 2014

Nicki Sørensen (born 14 May 1975) is a Danish professional road bicycle racer currently riding for Team Tinkoff-Saxo.[1] He has competed in five consecutive editions of the Tour de France from 2001 to 2005, riding as an all-round rider who rides well in hilly terrain, Sørensen is a valued support for the team captain without many wins of his own.

Biography[edit]

Sørensen did not start his cycling career before the age of 19, having been a runner before that. He became a professional road bicycle racer in 1999 for team Team Chicky World. After the team closed down, Sørensen switched to another Denmark based team, Team Fakta where he made a good name for himself on the Danish stage as one of the strongest cards of Team Fakta, securing himself a place on the Danish team for the 2000 Olympics.

Before the 2001 season, Sørensen was on the verge of joining English Linda McCartney Racing Team but instead opted to stay in Denmark with Team CSC – World Online, as Team Saxo Bank was then known. In his first year with the team he participated in the 2001 Tour de France where he got a taste of success with a fourth place on stage 16. Since then, Sørensen has been a consistent part of the Tour setup for Team CSC, riding the biggest race in the cycling calendar every year from 2001 to 2005, his highlights including the overall GC rank of 20th in 2002. Another highlight was Sørensen's instrumental role in team captain Tyler Hamilton's win on stage 16 of the 2003 Tour de France when Sørensen, who was in a break away, sacrificed his own chances in order to pull Hamilton and thereby allow Tyler Hamilton to conserve the strength needed to win on the day.

Nicki Sørensen started the 2005 season on a high note with a win in GP d'Ouverture la Marseillaise and a fourth place in Tour Méditerranéen during February, and during the season he prolonged his contract with Team CSC until 2007. In September Nicki Sørensen clinched stage 18 of the Vuelta a España after defeating Pascual Rodriguez in the sprint.

On 16 July 2009, Sørensen won Stage 12 of the 2009 Tour de France. He was in an early breakaway with five other riders and attacked the small group with 20 km to cover to win solo.[2]

Sorensen retired after riding the 2014 Giro di Lombardia. The last victory of his career was the 2012 Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli.[3]

Career highlights[edit]

1999
1st Lemvig Løbet
1st Stage 4 Rheinland-Pfalz Rundfahrt
2000
1st Lemvig-Holstebro-Lemvig
1st Overall Circuit des Mines
1st Stage 1
1st Rund um Hanleite-Erfur
2001
9th Giro del Piemonte
2002
20th Overall Tour de France
2003
1st MaillotDinamarca.svg National Road Race Championships
2004
88th Overall Tour de France
2005
1st GP d'Ouverture la Marseillaise
1st Stage 18 Vuelta a España
7th Züri-Metzgete
2006
1st Stage 1 TTT Vuelta a España
2007
5th Overall Sachsen Tour
5th Overall Danmark Rundt
7th Overall Bayern-Rundfahrt
2008
1st MaillotDinamarca.svg National Road Race Championships
25th Olympics Men's Road Race
2009
31st Overall Tour de France
1st Stage 12
Jersey red number.svg Stage 12, Combativity award
1st Stage 2 Danmark Rundt
2010
1st MaillotDinamarca.svg National Road Race Championships
2011
1st MaillotDinamarca.svg National Road Race Championships
2nd Overall Bayern-Rundfahrt
3rd Giro del Friuli
2012
1st Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli
2013
6th Overall Circuit de la Sarthe

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Team Saxo-Tinkoff (TST) – DEN". UCI World Tour. Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Sorensen grinds out stage victory". BBC Sport. 16 July 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-16. 
  3. ^ "Nicki Sørensen ready for next chapter after retiring from cycling". Cyclingnews.com (Future plc). 8 October 2014. Retrieved 9 October 2014. 

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