Sunday 29 April 2018 - 15:12

Mørkøv concludes Romandie with second place in Geneva

Mørkøv concludes Romandie with second place in Geneva

The Danish rider netted podium number 48 of Quick-Step Floors this season.

Unlike the previous days, the riders set off early in the morning for the final day of the Tour de Romandie, a 181.8km-long trek from Mont-sur-Rolle to Geneva, which despite having three classified climbs in the first part of the course, was expected to come down to a bunch sprint. For that very reason, the five riders who booked a place in the escape didn't get to open an advantage of more than three minutes, as the sprinters' teams wanted to make their life easy going into the closing kilometers of the stage.

With ten kilometers to go, the escapees got reeled in, but a late attack of William Clarke (EF Education First) forced the peloton to up the pace in order to nullify that move before the final three kilometers, where Quick-Step Floors' Michael Mørkøv showed tactical nous as he expertly navigated through the field, coming out of the last corner in fourth wheel.

The 32-year-old opened his sprint inside the last 150 meters and took a strong second at the end of the day, behind Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe), but ahead of Roberto Ferrari (UAE Team Emirates), for his best result since joining our outfit at the start of the season.

Quick-Step Floors will go into the month of May as World Tour team leaders, a classification our team tops for the eighth week since the start of the season. After 19 of the calendar's 37 events, our squad – who is represented by two riders in the individual standings – has is more than 2800 points clear of the next outfit in the rankings.

 

Photo credit: ©Michael Steele/ Getty Images





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