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Michael Mørkøv Christensen[1] (Danish pronunciation: [mikʰæːl ˈmɶɐ̯kʰøʊ̯]; born 30 April 1985) is a Danish professional racing cyclist, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam Deceuninck–Quick-Step.[5] He is the brother of racing cyclists Jacob and Jesper Mørkøv.[6]

Michael Mørkøv
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Mørkøv in 2015.
Personal information
Full nameMichael Mørkøv Christensen[1]
Born (1985-04-30) 30 April 1985 (age 34)
Kokkedal, Denmark
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[2]
Weight71 kg (157 lb; 11 st 3 lb)[2]
Team information
Current teamDeceuninck–Quick-Step
DisciplineRoad and track
RoleRider
Rider typeSprinter/Time trialist
Amateur team(s)
1996–2003Lyngby Cycle Club
2004Team Bornholm
Professional team(s)
2005–2008Team GLS
2009–2015Team Saxo Bank[3]
2016–2017Team Katusha
2018–Quick-Step Floors[4]
Major wins
Grand Tours
Vuelta a España
1 individual stage (2013)

One-day races and Classics

National Road Race Championships
(2013, 2018, 2019)
National Time Trial Championships (2005, 2008)

Contents

CareerEdit

Born in Kokkedal, Mørkøv started as a track cyclist, becoming national champion in the points race in 2004. In the 2008 Olympic games, he won the silver medal in the team pursuit.

As a road cyclist, Mørkøv became national time trial champion in 2005. Mørkøv rode the 2010 and 2011 Giro d'Italia, finishing both. Mørkøv rode his first Tour de France in 2012, drawing attention by featuring in the most important escapes of the first three stages, where he gained enough points to lead the mountains classification. He held polka-dot jersey until stage 7, where stage winner Chris Froome took it.[7]

In 2013 he won Stage 6 in the Vuelta a España.

In August 2015 it was announced that Mørkøv would join Team Katusha for the 2016 season, at the request of Alexander Kristoff, with a view to working for Kristoff as part of his sprint train and as a domestique in the classics.[8]

Major resultsEdit

RoadEdit

2004
3rd Speditørløbet
2005
1st   Team time trial, National Road Championships
2006
1st Post Cuppen Skive
2nd Team time trial, National Road Championships
4th Rund um den Elm
2007
2nd Ronde Van Vlaanderen Beloften
2008
1st Midt Data Løbet
1st   Team time trial, National Road Championships
1st Stage 2 Giro del Capo
2nd Speditørløbet
2nd Duo Normand
9th GP Nordjylland
2009
7th Châteauroux Classic
2010
1st Herlev-løbet
3rd Time trial, National Road Championships
4th Overall Tour du Limousin
2011
1st Fyen Rundt
3rd Overall Danmark Rundt
8th GP Herning
10th Himmerland Rundt
2012
3rd Time trial, National Road Championships
4th Overall Post Cuppen
1st Roskilde
1st Ringsted
Tour de France
Held   after Stages 1–6
  Combativity award Stage 3 & 13
2013
1st   Road race, National Road Championships
1st Stage 6 Vuelta a España
2nd Paris–Tours
4th Overall Tour de l'Eurométropole
2014
3rd Road race, National Road Championships
3rd Overall Tour de Luxembourg
5th Overall Tour of Qatar
2015
1st Stage 6 Danmark Rundt
2016
10th Gent–Wevelgem
2018
1st   Road race, National Road Championships
2nd Fyen Rundt
2019
1st   Road race, National Road Championships
3rd London–Surrey Classic
5th Road race, UEC European Road Championships
7th Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
  Giro d'Italia 129 156 107
  Tour de France 93 134 DNF 152
  Vuelta a España 128 137 148
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

TrackEdit

2001
3rd   Team pursuit, National Junior Track Championships
2002
National Junior Track Championships
2nd   Individual pursuit
2nd   Team pursuit
2003
National Junior Track Championships
1st   Points race
2nd   Team pursuit
2nd   Team pursuit, National Track Championships
2004
National Track Championships
1st   Points race
2nd   Team pursuit
3rd UIV Cup München
2005
1st   Madison (with Alex Rasmussen), UEC European Under-23 Track Championships
1st Overall UIV Cup
1st Stuttgart
1st Berlin
1st Amsterdam
2nd Copenhagen
3rd Bremen
2nd   Madison, National Track Championships
2nd Sydney World Cup – Madison
2006
National Championships
1st   Madison
1st   Points race
3rd   Team pursuit
3rd   Scratch
Sydney World Cup (2005/06)
1st Team pursuit
1st Madison
1st Danmarksturneringen i Banecykling – Omnium
Sydney World Cup (2006/07)
2nd Team pursuit
2nd Madison
2nd Six Days of Grenoble (with Alex Rasmussen)
3rd Moscow World Cup – Madison
3rd   Points race, UEC European Under-23 Track Championships
2007
National Track Championships
1st   Madison
2nd   Points race
3rd   Team pursuit
Los Angeles World Cup
1st Madison
2nd Team pursuit
1st Six Days of Grenoble (with Alex Rasmussen)
3rd   Team pursuit, UCI Track World Championships
3rd Sydney World Cup – Madison
3rd Six Days of Zürich (with Danny Stam)
2008
National Championships
1st   Madison (with Alex Rasmussen)
1st   Team pursuit
1st   Scratch
1st   Points race
Copenhagen World Cup
1st Madison
2nd Team pursuit
2nd   Team pursuit, Olympic Games
Los Angeles World Cup
2nd Madison
2nd Team pursuit
2nd Six Days of Copenhagen (with Alex Rasmussen)
3rd   Madison (with Alex Rasmussen), UCI Track World Championships
2009
1st   Madison (with Alex Rasmussen), UCI Track World Championships
1st   Madison (with Alex Rasmussen), National Track Championships
1st Six Days of Copenhagen (with Alex Rasmussen)
1st Six Days of Ghent (with Alex Rasmussen)
2nd Six Days of Munich (with Alex Rasmussen)
2010
1st   Madison (with Alex Rasmussen), National Track Championships
1st Six Days of Berlin (with Alex Rasmussen)
1st Six Days of Copenhagen (with Alex Rasmussen)
3rd Six Days of Rotterdam (with Alex Rasmussen)
3rd Six Days of Ghent (with Alex Rasmussen)
2011
National Track Championships
1st   Madison (with Alex Rasmussen)
1st   Omnium
1st Six Days of Copenhagen (with Alex Rasmussen)
2nd   Team pursuit, UEC European Track Championships
3rd Six Days of Berlin (with Alex Rasmussen)
2012
1st Six Days of Amsterdam (with Pim Ligthart)
2nd Six Days of Copenhagen (with Alex Rasmussen)
2013
1st Six Days of Copenhagen (with Lasse Norman Hansen)
2014
2nd Six Days of Copenhagen (with Alex Rasmussen)
3rd Six Days of Rotterdam (with Alex Rasmussen)
2015
1st Six Days of Ghent (with Iljo Keisse)
2nd Six Days of Rotterdam (with Alex Rasmussen)
2017
1st Six Days of Copenhagen (with Lasse Norman Hansen)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Brown, Gregor (5 November 2010). "Rasmussen to join Saxo Bank, a Danish dream?". Cycling Weekly. IPC Media Limited. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Michael Mørkøv, Deceuninck - Quick-Step Cycling team". Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Team Saxo-Tinkoff (TST) – DEN". UCI World Tour. Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Morkov signs two-year contract with Quick-Step Floors". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. 22 August 2017. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  5. ^ Torrego, José María (23 December 2018). "El Deceuninck Quick Step busca no sucumbir del cetro mundial del ciclismo en 2019" [The Deceuninck Quick Step seeks not to succumb from the cycling world title in 2019]. La Guía del Ciclismo (in Spanish). Digipress Ibérica SL. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  6. ^ Jacobsen, Mogens (3 February 2015). "Alle tre Mørkøv-brødre står på spring til podiet" [All three Mørkøv brothers poised for the podium]. Politiken (in Danish). Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  7. ^ Westemeyer, Susan (7 July 2012). "Froome leads double Sky success on La Planche des Belles Filles". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
  8. ^ "Mørkøv signs for Katusha at the request of Kristoff". cyclingnews.com. 16 August 2015. Retrieved 16 August 2015.

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