Michael Morkov (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank) floundered on the final climb after his escape
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Cancellara, Peraud baby daddies, Mørkøv remembers his dad
The Tour de France was touched today by new life and a tribute to a life taken too soon on stage 13: Both Fabian Cancellara and Jean-Christophe Peraud became fathers again in the past 24 hours, while Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank rider Michael Mørkøv rode in remembrance of his departed father.
Cancellara left the Tour earlier this week to be present at the birth, and in true Swiss timing fashion, daughter Elina was born at 2:12 on Friday afternoon. Cancellara called his daughter “the biggest gift beside our other daughter Giuliana”.
Peraud was a little too busy to be present for the birth of young Valentine, as she joined her brother Baptiste as part of the family while he was competing in the stage on Saturday.
On the other end of the spectrum, Mørkøv, the most aggressive rider in the Tour de France by far, paid tribute to his father who died five years ago on this date by going on a nearly 40km solo attack from the day’s breakaway.
“It’s precisely five years ago today that my dad died and I wanted to pay my respects to him with this attack. I had a lot to ride for,” Mørkøv said. “I thought about him all the time out there and the thoughts and feelings were my gasoline today.
“I had hoped the other guys in the break were stronger so we could have climbed the final slope together but the pace was too low and my only chance was to go on my own beating my own pace and I knew I was punching a crazy amount of watts but it wasn’t enough so I’m happy
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