The Grenoble Six may no longer be a full six days but the racing is still spectacular and very tough as Danish track star and brother of SaxoBank's Michael Morkov, Jesper explained to us just after the finish in Grenoble on the weekend.
PEZ spoke to Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank's Michael Morkov on the first rest day about his tenure in 'poids' - the red on white polka dots of the king of the mountains jersey which he made his own during Week 1 at Le Tour.
It was August when we last spoke to Michael Morkov (Denmark & Saxo Bank) after an administrative error had kept him out of the Vuelta. Much water has flowed below the Saxo Bank Bridge since then; Michael took time on the final night of the Gent Six Day at the Kuipke Velodrome to give PEZ his thoughts on his season he’s just finished and the one to come. With two seasons already under his belt with the Danish squadra the 25 year old has just re-signed with Saxo for another two years.
Dozens of SMS and emails flash up on my BlackBerry each day, most are chaff and get deleted after a quick glance – but when one comes in to tell me that ‘Michael Morkov excluded from the Vuelta by WADA’ that makes me take notice. There’s only one thing to do – call the man himself.
One of the nice things about doing this job is that you get to see young riders develop and flourish. Four or five seasons ago, I was Michael Morkov's 'runner' at the Grenoble six. The young Dane and his partner, Alex Rasmussen were, 'up and coming' back then; but Rolf Sorensen told me that Michael was going all the way to the top...and he was right!
Tom Boonen, Belgium and Quick Step, world elite champion - he’s the polite, smiling handsome ‘boy-next-door’ isn’t he? Even the ‘boy-next-door’ ‘loses-it’ sometimes though - take Saturday’s penultimate stage of the Tour of Britain for example. But let’s have Pez-diarist Michael Morkov (Denmark) tell the story.
The Tour of Britain rolled out of Scotland today on a six day crusade to the gates of London. Joining the charge is Team Denmark's Michael Morkov – who’s agreed to let PEZ tag along for the ride. Here’s his first report on how the race looked from the saddle…