Saturday July 14th, 2012

Stage 13Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux / Le Cap d'Agde

Start 11h55 GMT 2+

Morkov: I know he would be proud

interview14.07.2012Stage 13- Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux / Le Cap d??Agde

The winner of the 'Fighting Spirit' award in stage 13 is the same as in stage three this year. But Michael Morkov had a special reason for his attack on the road to Le Cap d'Agde.

“From the moment I went alone [with 64km to go], I was going full gas! I gave it everything I could and I was digging really deep. Of course, when I hit the climb I was in trouble but I tried to fight over it and at least stay with the front group... unfortunately I just missed by a few seconds.
“I was riding with a lot of emotions because today is, in fact, five years since my dad died. He started me in cycling – he gave me the inspiration – and I really wanted to give to my family know that I'm now in the best league. I'm in the Tour de France now and I know he would be proud. I was really fighting hard for the win today.
“People who do sport know that, if you have special feelings – if you really want to perform something special – you can dig deep and get some real power out of your legs. I did that today and I felt really good when I was out there alone.
“I was digging so deep on the approach to the climb and I did whatever I could to gain time; when I hit the hill I just exploded and I tried to fight over it and unfortunately it was not enough.”

Stage 13 Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux / Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux

All about the stage key moments

Jersey wearers after the stage 20

Classifications after the stage 20

Subscribe

Receive exclusive news about the Tour de France

Survey

Will Mark Cavendish his fourth stage on the Champs-Elysées today?

  • Yes73.07%
  • No26.93%
7171 votes

Partners of Le Tour