Nicki Sørensen

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Nicki Sørensen
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Sørensen at the 2014 Grand Prix d'Isbergues.
Personal information
Full nameNicki Sørensen
Born (1975-05-14) 14 May 1975 (age 43)
Hillerød, Denmark
Height1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight71 kg (157 lb)
Team information
Current team Aqua Blue Sport
DisciplineRoad
Role
  • Rider (retired)
  • Team manager
Rider typeAll-rounder
Professional team(s)
1999 Team Chicky World
2000 Team Fakta
2001–2014 CSC–Tiscali
Managerial team(s)
2015 Tinkoff–Saxo (directeur sportif)
2016 Cycling Academy (directeur sportif) [1]
2017– Aqua Blue Sport (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.

Denmark constitutional monarchy in Europe

Denmark, officially the Kingdom of Denmark, is a Nordic country and the southernmost of the Scandinavian nations. Denmark lies southwest of Sweden and south of Norway, and is bordered to the south by Germany. The Kingdom of Denmark also comprises two autonomous constituent countries in the North Atlantic Ocean: the Faroe Islands and Greenland. Denmark proper consists of a peninsula, Jutland, and an archipelago of 443 named islands, with the largest being Zealand, Funen and the North Jutlandic Island. The islands are characterised by flat, arable land and sandy coasts, low elevation and a temperate climate. Denmark has a total area of 42,924 km2 (16,573 sq mi), land area of 42,394 km2 (16,368 sq mi), and the total area including Greenland and the Faroe Islands is 2,210,579 km2 (853,509 sq mi), and a population of 5.8 million.

A directeur sportif is a person directing a cycling team during a road bicycle racing event. It is seen as the equivalent to a field manager in baseball, or a head coach in football. At professional level, a directeur sportif follows the team in a car and communicates with riders, personnel and race officials by radio.

Aqua Blue Sport was an Irish UCI Professional Continental cycling team founded in January 2017 which folded at the end of the 2018 season.

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Biography

Sørensen 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.

Running method of terrestrial locomotion allowing humans and other animals to move rapidly on foot

Running is a method of terrestrial locomotion allowing humans and other animals to move rapidly on foot. Running is a type of gait characterized by an aerial phase in which all feet are above the ground. This is in contrast to walking, where one foot is always in contact with the ground, the legs are kept mostly straight and the center of gravity vaults over the stance leg or legs in an inverted pendulum fashion. A characteristic feature of a running body from the viewpoint of spring-mass mechanics is that changes in kinetic and potential energy within a stride occur simultaneously, with energy storage accomplished by springy tendons and passive muscle elasticity. The term running can refer to any of a variety of speeds ranging from jogging to sprinting.

Team Chicky World was a Danish professional road bicycle racing team, which was active in the seasons 1998 to 1999. The main sponsor Danpo is a Danish producer of poultry products. Chicky World is a brand name of Danpo. Danpo decided not to renew the sponsorship due to the media focus on doping.

Team Fakta was a Danish professional road bicycle racing team, which was active in the seasons 1999 to 2003. The main sponsor FDB is a consumer owned grocery chain, whose discount outlets are called Fakta.

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.

The Linda McCartney Racing Team was a British professional road bicycle racing team.

2001 Tour de France

The 2001 Tour de France was a multiple-stage bicycle race held from 7 to 29 July, and the 88th edition of the Tour de France. It has no overall winner—although American cyclist Lance Armstrong originally won the event, the United States Anti-Doping Agency announced in August 2012 that they had disqualified Armstrong from all his results since 1998, including his seven Tour de France wins from 1999 to 2005. The verdict was subsequently confirmed by the Union Cycliste Internationale.

The general classification in bicycle racing is the category that tracks overall times for bicycle riders in multi-stage bicycle races. Each stage will have a stage winner, but the overall winner in the GC is the rider who has the fastest time when all the stage results are added together and compounded. Hence, whoever wins the GC is generally reckoned as the winner of the race.

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.

La Méditerranéenne, previously known as Tour Méditerranéen, is a professional road bicycle racing event held in Spain, France and Italy, close to the Mediterranean Seaside. Run over four days, it holds a 2.1 rating on the UCI Europe Tour.

The Vuelta a España is an annual multi-stage bicycle race primarily held in Spain, while also occasionally making passes through nearby countries. Inspired by the success of the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France, the race was first organized in 1935. The race was prevented from being run by the Spanish Civil War and World War II in the early years of its existence; however, the race has been held annually since 1955. As the Vuelta gained prestige and popularity the race was lengthened and its reach began to extend all around the globe. Since 1979, the event has been staged and managed by Unipublic, until in 2014, when Amaury Sport Organisation acquired control, with both working together. The peloton expanded from a primarily Spanish participation to include riders from all over the world. The Vuelta is a UCI World Tour event, which means that the teams that compete in the race are mostly UCI ProTeams, with the exception of the wild card teams that the organizers can invite.

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]

2009 Tour de France

The 2009 Tour de France was the 96th edition of the Tour de France, one of cycling's Grand Tours. It started on 4 July in the principality of Monaco with a 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) individual time trial which included a section of the Circuit de Monaco. The race visited six countries: Monaco, France, Spain, Andorra, Switzerland and Italy, and finished on 26 July on the Champs-Élysées in Paris.

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

The 2014 Giro di Lombardia or 2014 Il Lombardia was the 108th edition of the Giro di Lombardia single-day cycling race, often known as the Race of the Falling Leaves. It was held on 5 October 2014 over a distance of 254 km. The course was different from years past, and it finished in Bergamo. The race was won by Daniel Martin ahead of Alejandro Valverde and Rui Costa.

The Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli is a late season road bicycle race held annually in Monteveglio, near the city of Bologna, Italy. From 2005 to 2013, the race has been organised as a 1.1 event on the UCI Europe Tour, while in 2014 it was upgraded to 1.HC. It was first held in 1996, after the disappearance of the Milano–Vignola.

Team management

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.

Doping

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

Major results

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
2003
1st MaillotDinamarca.svg Road race, National Road Championships
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 Road race, National Road Championships
2009
Tour de France
1st Stage 12
Jersey red number.svg Combativity award Stage 12
1st Stage 2 Danmark Rundt
2010
1st MaillotDinamarca.svg Road race, National Road Championships
2011
1st MaillotDinamarca.svg Road race, National Road Championships
2nd Overall Bayern–Rundfahrt
3rd Giro del Friuli
2012
1st Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli
2013
6th Overall Circuit de la Sarthe

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