Article / 27 April 2015 at 9:58 GMT

#TradeLikeAPro – Battle of the managers Team / Saxo Bank
  • Pierre Orphanidis advances to second place
  • Roman Kreuziger place fitth in Liège-Bastogne-Liège after strong effort
  • Nicki Sørensen maintains lead

A 33.08% performance return shows that sticking to your guns has proven prudent for Pierre Orphanidis as he steals second place from sports director Tristan Hoffman (who settles for third place with a 29.65% return).

In first place, maintaining a healthy lead of more than 7%, is Nicki Sørensen who for the third consecutive week has secured the title of Top Trader of the Week!

The battle is now on between our two managers... will Orphanidis succeed in closing the gap and catching up, or will Sørensen's winning stock continue to serve him well?

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Roman Kreuziger fifth in Liège-Bastogne-Liège 

Tinkoff-Saxo’s Roman Kreuziger took matters into his own hands with a powerful move on Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons with 19.3 kilometres to go. After being caught on the last marked climb, Kreuziger hung tight to claim fifth place behind race winner Alejandro Valverde.

 Roman Kreuziger faced strong opponents in this year's Liège-Bastogne-Liège

“Roman undoubtedly proved that he’s a strong rider and that Liège-Bastogne-Liège suits him. His attack put a lot of his rivals into the 'hurt zone' and if it hadn’t been for Stybar sacrificing himself in the decimated group of favorites, the front trio with Roman could arguably have survived. However with that said, I believe we rode a proper race against some very strong opponents, who we knew would be hard to beat in a sprint for the line”, says sports director Sean Yates.

Going into the race finale after the steepest of the climbs at Côte de Stockeu, Tinkoff-Saxo had six riders in the peloton. It was from from this rapidly fragmenting group that Manuele Boaro, among others, went on the attack. 

Yates added that he’s pleased to see his riders on form.

 Liège-Bastogne-Liège travels for 253km and sees an elevation gain of more than 4,000m. 

Going into the iconic Côte de la Redoute with 36km to go to the finish line in Ans, Tinkoff-Saxo was in the mix with several teammates left to protect Kreuziger. One of them was Robert Kiserlovski, who ultimately finished 18th, 44 seconds down on race winner Alejandro Valverde (Movistar). 

According to Kiserlovski, his condition has improved since the start of the Ardennes Classics.

“I felt pretty well today. Of course it’s a very hard race but my condition has improved leading up to and during the Ardennes Classics. This is something I’m really happy with, as I was struggling to reach my normal level earlier in the season. I could sense that I had the legs to support Roman on La Redoute and on Roche-aux-Faucons, while I had to let go on Saint-Nicolas as the favorites attacked”, says Kiserlovski.

“Today, Roman was our absolute leader and we also saw in the finale that he was going really well. Now many of us continue to Romandie, where I want to continue building my shape while delivering a good result for the team and doing my best for our common objectives”, he added.

Wishing all riders and managers good luck and in the coming days.

The Team

Source:, Saxo Bank A/S,

— Edited by Michael McKenna


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