Article / 20 April 2015 at 10:25 GMT

#TradeLikeAPro — Sørensen under pressure as Orphanidis attacks! Team / Saxo Bank
  • Pierre Orphanidis on the prowl for a place atop the podium
  • Kreuziger feeling good ahead of Fleche Wallone and Liège-Bastogne-Liège
  • Mur de Huy awaits in Fleche Wallone on Wednesday

Having set an all-time #TradeLikeAPro record and dominated the top of the rankings list for the past few weeks, is Nicki Sørensen running out of steam with his one-stock-portfolio?

Carried by positive news for Danish company Novo Nordisk, Sørensen was carried to a high of 41.37% but has since then been clinging to first place with a 35.89% performance return.

Meanwhile, Pierre Orphanidis is on a ruthless quest to conquer the top of the podium blasting up the rankings. By applying a single-stock strategy with a position in Brazilian Petrobras (PBR:xnys) as weapon of choice,  he now holds 3rd place with a performance return of 26.06%

Will Orphanidis be able to overtake the lead with Tristan Hoffman solidly placed in second with a diversified portfolio of six positions yielding a very stable performance return of 29.91%

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Amstel Gold Race

Tinkoff-Saxo finished outside the top 10 at the Amstel Gold Race, but the team remains positive ahead of the remaining Ardennes Classics as captains Roman Kreuziger and Michael Valgren proved capable in the undulating terrain. 2013 winner Kreuziger finished 14th in the first group after a post-Cauberg sprint decision won by Michal Kwiatkowski.   

“Amstel is a race that I personally like and it was nice to be there in the final. When you have four weeks without racing, it’s nice to get a confirmation that [your condition] is good. You never know how you are in Amstel, but I felt pretty good and I really look forward to the next two races in the Ardennes. Now, in my vision, the most important is to recover and rest before Fleche Wallone and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, says Roman Kreuziger.

 Roman Kreuziger is focused on Liège-Bastogne-Liège

Young Danish champion Michael Valgren finished 22nd after making his way through the dismantling peloton on Cauberg. Crossing the finish line, he explains that this year’s Amstel Gold Race was a step in the right direction.

“The idea with putting Michael as the co-leader was to give him the experience. So after today, he knows that if you ride for more than 250km and you’re not at the front in the finale, you don’t cash in on all of your work”. explains sports director Sean Yates.

Valgren comments “Amstel is a very chaotic race, it’s up and down and left and right all the time, which makes it really difficult to control and stay together. It’s simply a fight for positioning all the time. I had to piss four times, so it was difficult to stick to the front, but I managed to move forward in the last part of the race, except the last time up Cauberg”.

Fleche Wallone

La Flèche Wallone is the second race of the three Ardennes Classics. It is a part of the 28-event WorldTour and one of the most prestigious one-day races on the calendar. 

The 200km race features a hilly parcours in the Walloon region and finishes off with a ferocious battle. The race starts in Charleroi and heads east to Huy, where the riders do three laps of a tough circuit including the Mur du Huy. 

The finale comes on upon arrival at the foot of Mur du Huy for the third and last time, where the favorites go head-to-head to see who can withstand most pain on the 1.3 km climb – which in some places has an incline above 20%.

 The battle awaits at the dreaded Mur de Huy

Wishing the team good luck and good legs in the days to come.

The Team

— Edited by Michael McKenna


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