'Tragic loss': Cycling rocked by death of champion rider at 37

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Chris Anker Sorensen, pictured here after winning the 'super-combative' category at the Tour de France in 2012.
Chris Anker Sorensen celebrates after winning the 'super-combative' category at the Tour de France in 2012. (Photo by John Berry/Getty Images)

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."

The area, pictured here where Chris Anker Sorensen was riding when he was fatally struck.
The area where Chris Anker Sorensen was riding when he was fatally struck. (Photo by DAVID STOCKMAN/BELGA/AFP via Getty Images)

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.

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