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.”

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