Nicki Sørensen

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Nicki Sørensen
Nicki Sørensen - Grand Prix d'Isbergues (2014-9-21).jpg
Sørensen at the 2014 Grand Prix d'Isbergues.
Personal information
Full nameNicki Sørensen
Born (1975-05-14) 14 May 1975 (age 46)
Hillerød, Denmark
Height1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight71 kg (157 lb)
Team information
  • Rider (retired)
  • Team manager
Rider typeAll-rounder
Professional teams
1999Team Chicky World
2000Team Fakta
Managerial teams
2015Tinkoff–Saxo (directeur sportif)
2016Cycling Academy (directeur sportif)[1]
2017–2018Aqua Blue Sport (directeur sportif)
2019-Israel Cycling Academy (directeur sportif)
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
1 individual stage (2009)
Vuelta a España
1 individual stage (2005)

One-day races and Classics

National Road Race Championships
(2003, 2008, 2010, 2011)
Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli (2012)

Nicki Sørensen (born 14 May 1975) is a Danish former professional road bicycle racer, and was directeur sportif of UCI Professional Continental team Aqua Blue Sport.[2] He competed in five consecutive editions of the Tour de France from 2001 to 2005. Riding as an all-round rider who rode well in hilly terrain, Sørensen was a valued support for the team leader without many wins of his own.


Sørensen[circular reference] only started his cycling career at 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 British 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. After then, Sørensen was 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.[3]

Sørensen retired after riding the 2014 Giro di Lombardia. The last victory of his career was the 2012 Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli.[4]

Team management[edit]

After his retirement he remained with Tinkoff–Saxo as a directeur sportif and coach.[5] For the 2016 season he moved across to the Israeli Cycling Academy Team.[1] In October 2016 the new Aqua Blue Sport team announced that Sørensen would join them as a sports director for their inaugural season in 2017.[6] Aqua Blue Sport folded at the end of 2018.


In June 2015 prior to Anti Doping Denmark report he admitted to drug use in early part of his career.[7]

Major results[edit]

1st Lemvig Løbet
1st Stage 4 Rheinland-Pfalz Rundfahrt
1st Lemvig-Holstebro-Lemvig
1st Overall Circuit des Mines
1st Stage 1
1st Rund um Hanleite-Erfur
9th Giro del Piemonte
1st MaillotDinamarca.svg Road race, National Road Championships
1st GP d'Ouverture la Marseillaise
1st Stage 18 Vuelta a España
7th Züri–Metzgete
1st Stage 1 (TTT) Vuelta a España
5th Overall Sachsen Tour
5th Overall Danmark Rundt
7th Overall Bayern–Rundfahrt
1st MaillotDinamarca.svg Road race, National Road Championships
Tour de France
1st Stage 12
Jersey red number.svg Combativity award Stage 12
1st Stage 2 Danmark Rundt
1st MaillotDinamarca.svg Road race, National Road Championships
1st MaillotDinamarca.svg Road race, National Road Championships
2nd Overall Bayern–Rundfahrt
3rd Giro del Friuli
1st Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli
6th Overall Circuit de la Sarthe


  1. ^ a b "Nicki Sorensen signs contract as DS for Israeli Cycling Academy team". 3 November 2015.
  2. ^ "2018 rider roster and first races confirmed". Aqua Blue Sport. Aqua Blue Sport Limited. 1 January 2018. Archived from the original on 5 January 2018. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Sorensen grinds out stage victory". BBC Sport. 16 July 2009. Retrieved 16 July 2009.
  4. ^ "Nicki Sørensen ready for next chapter after retiring from cycling". Future plc. 8 October 2014. Retrieved 9 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Tinkoff-Saxo presents Nicki Sørensen as new sport director and coach". Tinkoff-Saxo. 24 October 2014. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Nordhaug, Brammeier, Irvine, Dunne first riders named for Aqua Blue Sport". 19 December 2016. Retrieved 4 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Rasmussen claims cover-up prior to Anti Doping Denmark report, Sorensen admits past drug use". 22 June 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2015.

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