The world of professional cycling is mourning the tragic death of champion rider Chris Anker Sorensen.
He was just 37.
The Danish rider was in Belgium ahead of the Road World Championships when he was fatally struck by a van while out on a ride on Saturday.
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Sorensen, who was at the event in a commentary role, was rushed to hospital where he later died.
"It is a tragic loss," a spokesperson for the International Cycling Union said.
"Our thoughts are with his family, friends and everyone at the Danish Cycling Federation."
Sorensen had moved away from full-time racing in recent years, starting a new career in commentary.
Frederik Lauesen, who worked with Sorensen at TV 2, said: "It is with great sadness that I have received the news that our good colleague Chris Anker Sørensen is dead.
"Mr Sorensen was in Belgium for the World Cycling Championships.
"Today, Saturday, he was out cycling and was hit by a car, and he later died of his injuries.
"Our thoughts and deep sympathy go to Chris Anker Sorensen’s family."
Cycling world mourns death of Chris Anker Sorensen
The Road World Championship organisers said in a statement: "Flanders 2021 and the UCI are saddened by the news that former rider Chris Anker Sørensen has passed in a traffic accident.
"Chris attended the 2021 UCI Road World Championships while working as an analyst for Danish television.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones."
Sorensen retired in 2018 after a long career, mostly with the Bjarne Riis team.
He won stage eight of the Giro D'Italia in 2010 and led team Saxo Bank at the 2012 Tour de France.
Sorensen represented Denmark at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, finishing 12th in the road race.
Tributes have been pouring in on social media.
This is awful news. Rip Chris. https://t.co/swkMJUrO99
— Tao Geoghegan Hart (@taogeoghegan) September 18, 2021
We are a good man down tonight. Former Danish Champion Chris Anker Sorensen has succumbed to injuries sustained after being hit by a car while riding. A pall of sadness will hang over the World's this week. Think of him & those close to him... & stay safe yourself while you do
— Carlton Kirby (@carltonkirby) September 18, 2021
So horrible to hear Chris Anker Sorensen was killed by a car while riding.
Enough is enough. @cyclist_lawyer
— tom danielson (@tomdanielson) September 18, 2021
— Koen de Kort (@koendekort) September 18, 2021
Flanders 2021 and the UCI are saddened by the news that former rider Chris Anker Sørensen has passed in a traffic accident. Chris attended the 2021 UCI Road World Championships while working as an analyst for Danish television. Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones. pic.twitter.com/7DqpJt4BMd
— FLANDERS 2021 (@flanders2021) September 18, 2021
A tragic loss occurred today with the passing of former professional cyclist and journalist, Chris Anker Sørensen.
Our thoughts are with his family, friends and everyone at @dcucykling pic.twitter.com/uIMPXhllAi
— UCI (@UCI_cycling) September 18, 2021
Life isn't fair. Chris was a briliant father, husband, cycling commentator, ex pro-cyclist. It was impossible not to get in a good mood when being around him. My sincere condolences goes out to his family. https://t.co/HlIz4PcaXs
— Alexander Kamp (@AlexanderKamp1) September 18, 2021
Tragic news. Sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Chris Anker Sorensen. Courage and hugs to his children ❤️ RIP Chris Anker pic.twitter.com/tqur1ImfgV
— Soraya (@sandja2401) September 19, 2021
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