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Danish ex-pro Chris Anker Sørensen killed while riding bike in Belgium

37-year-old was in Flanders to cover next week’s road world championships for Danish TV

Former professional cyclist Chris Anker Sørensen has been killed while riding his bike in Belgium following a collision involving a van.

The 37-year-old was in Flanders to cover next week’s UCI Road Cycling World Championships for the Danish television channel TV 2.

Politiken reports that the fatal crash happened on Havenrandweg-Zuid in Zeebrugge, north of Bruges.

The Danish newspaper says that according to press reports in Belgium, preliminary investigations have established that the driver of the van involved was not to blame for the collision.

Sørensen joined CSC in 2007 and spent most of his career with Bjarne Riis’s outfit, which eventually became Tinkoff-Saxo.

During his career he won two stages at the Vuelta a Espana and one at the Giro d’Italia, and in 2012 finished 14th overall at the Tour de France.

He switched to TV punditry following his retirement from competition at the end of 2018.

Sørensen, a former Danish national road champion, is survived by his wife and two children.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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