Michael Mørkøv’s dreaming of another Tour de France
Team Saxo-Tinkoff’s Michael Mørkøv is known for his uncompromising professionalism and his experience and successful history on the track and the Dane got memorable debut in the world’s toughest bike race, the Tour de France in 2012, where he wore the mountain jersey in the first week of the most prestigious race in the world. More recently, the Dane attended in the Tour of California, which was a new experience:
“Tour of California is a great and varied race but it’s the set up around the race causing it to separate from the races on the European roads. There is a bigger show and hype around you, the scenes are colorful and the announcer beefs up the atmosphere in true American style. It was good fun and at the same time inspiring and motivating to be supporting Michael Rogers. He was incredibly good at delegating the workload and letting everyone know what he needed. We did a good job and got a fairly good result. ”
What are your ambitions in the coming years?
“I’m doing Tour de Suisse in a few weeks where I’ll do my best to show my worth in terms of getting picked out for the Tour de France line-up. The dream of another Tour de France is alive and very much so. I believe in my chances even though this year’s competition is tougher than perhaps ever before. I have planned the season for it and at this time, I have 2-3 training sessions a day to reach the absolute peak condition in July. Since the team time trial is extremely important in this year’s Tour, I spend a lot of time on my time trial bike.”
The Danish national Championships are in between Tour de Suisse and the Tour de France. What are your ambitions here?
“Firstly, the TT championships is a good test for me regardless of the Tour de France but I also have two bronze medals, I would like to replace with more precious metal. But it’s hard to win the Danish national championships. Competition is fierce and we have a long and still growing list of time trial specialists in Danish racing, “said Team Saxo-Tinkoff’s Michael Mørkøv.
Tour de Suisse starts with a time trial on 8 June and ends also with a time trial on the 16th June.