Brussels (AFP)

The International Cycling Union announced on Saturday the death of former Danish cyclist Chris Anker Sorensen, winner of a stage on the Giro in 2010, a death that occurred according to several media in a road accident while he was by bike.

"We suffered a tragic loss today with the passing of former professional cyclist and journalist Chris Anker Sorensen," the UCI said on its Twitter account, sending his "thoughts" to Sorensen's family and loved ones, as well as the Danish Cycling Federation.

According to Belgian press organs confirming information from the Danish television channel TV 2 SPORT, Chris Anker Sorensen died in Zeebrugge, on the sidelines of the 2021 Worlds.

After his racing career, he became a consultant for Danish television and was in Belgium for the world road cycling championships, which will start on Sunday with the time trial between Knokke-Heist and Bruges.

According to Belgian television Sporza, Sorensen was on a bicycle trip when he was involved in an accident with a car.

Chris Anker Sorensen mainly wore the shirts of the CSC, Saxo Bank and Tinkoff teams.

In addition to the 8th stage of the Tour of Italy in 2010, he also won the 6th stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné in 2008 and the Danish road champion title in 2015, his last major success.

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