The last Danish classics star


Rolf Sørensen: probably the best (Danish) cyclist in the world. Or at least the most successful, given his post- career admission of EPO usage. The blond Dane was part of the first ‘golden generation’ of Danish cyclists, which also included Bjarne Riis, Brian Holm and Jesper Skibby. His career ran from the mid-1980s to the early 2000s, and he was a prolific winner of big races in his peak years in the mid-1990s. He won two monuments - the Tour of Flanders and LiègeBasto­gne-Liège and it’s a measure of how difficult this career double is, that only two men since have managed it: Michele Bartoli and Philippe Gilbert. He also achieved second in Milan-San Remo, fourth in Lombardia and sixth in Paris-Roubaix and the Worlds. Sørensen also wore the yellow jersey in the Tour de France and won Tirreno-Adriatico twice. However, when he talked about his career highlights, he said the Flanders win was the one that stood out.

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