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Mørkøv/Rasmussen dropped to third overall in Copenhagen

Sunday afternoon, Tinkoff-Saxo’s Michael Mørkøv took part in day four of the Copenhagen six-day race and the two Danes started off the day in the lead of the GC.

But the competition is fierce and Mørkøv/Rasmussen were under heavy bombardment from their opponents throughout the afternoon but their will to prevail was proven in the Derny race where Michael Mørkøv’s motor pace suffered mechanical problems but the determined Dane rocketed away and managed to get back to the front without pace and finished second on the line.

“That was really an extraordinary experience. A nut had fallen off the back wheel of the motor bike and with four laps to go, the chain on the motor bike was stuck and took the bike to an immediate standstill and it was only by pure reflex that I managed to around it. From then on, adrenalin kicked in and I decided to hang on to Jesper (Mørkøv) but I wasn’t able to go around in the sprint,” says Michael Mørkøv.

And the effort wasn’t enough to maintain the overall lead. Two couples are ahead of the Danes with one lap and they dropped to third place in the GC. However, the powerful Tinkoff-Saxo rider and partner still have more points and there are now two days to gain that crucial lap on their opponents.

“I’m still confident in terms of winning the race and we can concentrate on finding the right moment to attack and gain the lap that we need to win while the other couples are forced to aim for points as well as denying us the lap,” Mørkøv concludes.

Overall ranking after day 4:

1. Leif Lampater, Marc Hester 217 points
2. Robert Bartko, Marcel Kalz 210 points
3. Michael Mørkøv, Alex Rasmussen 255 points + 1 lap
4. Andreas Müller, Andreas Graf 94 points + 2 laps
5. Wim Stroetinga, Jesper Mørkøv 193 points + 3 laps
6. Albert Torres, Vojtech Hacecky 126 points + 3 laps
7. Luke Roberts, Nick Stöpler 62 points + 7 laps

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