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"We’ve targeted multiple goals during Tour of Denmark and this time everything played out just right. I’m overwhelmed by this experience and the support I have received from my teammates and people at the side of the road.&...







09.08.2015 @ 00:18 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

Tinkoff-Saxo sealed a memorable edition of Tour of Denmark, as Chris Juul-Jensen crossed the finish line in Frederiksberg as the overall winner. Meanwhile, Michael Mørkøv reigned supreme on the stage after a convincing lead-out. Winner of the points classification Matti Breschel took 2nd place behind to make it a 1-2 for Tinkoff-Saxo that tops off the race with the overall team classification.
Standing at the podium on home soil looking down the final finishing straight, overall winner Chris Juul-Jensen underlines that the final outcome is overwhelming
“It’s difficult to describe this. On top of the overall win, we finish off with a very well deserved stage win for Michael Mørkøv. It was something special to enter the laps and streets here in Copenhagen that I know so well with this huge turnout. It was a mixture of being focused on making it to the finish line to secure the lead and enjoying it but I must admit that I was confident all because of this group of riders that I have around me,” tells Chris Juul-Jensen, who wins the race by 45 seconds.


"We’ve targeted multiple goals during Tour of Denmark and this time everything played out just right. I’m overwhelmed by this experience and the support I have received from my teammates and people at the side of the road. Before the season I had two main goals – to win the national TT championship and to win the Tour of Denmark. And yesterday at the time trial, I was able to establish my overall win in this race wearing the red and white national TT jersey.


"I have a new team next year but it’s very special to conclude four amazing years like this. I turned pro here on Tinkoff-Saxo and I’m glad that I can pay back my teammates and everybody with this win."

Road captain Michael Mørkøv entered the final sprint as the last lead-out for Matti Breschel, who claimed stage 3 and 4, but crossed the line first after a big acceleration and great show of camaraderie.
“I’m very proud of the way we rode today and how we took control on the final laps and in the sprint. Valgren in particular did a very impressive and long lead-out for Matti and me. We knew what we wanted to do in the final sprint and how to time our effort. We were riding for Matti in the finale but he noticed that we had a big gap and he eased up the speed a bit to let me take the win. It was a great gesture. I haven’t won since my stage win in the 2013 Vuelta, so it’s a special day for me. It has been a sublime effort by the team as I see it - we’ve taken three stage wins and the overall, points and team classification. I’ve witnessed a strong feeling of unity on the team and it’s special to see good friends succeed like the entire team, Chris Juul and Matti have done here”, says Michael Mørkøv, who’s backed by team sports director Lars Michaelsen:
“I think that winning the team competition on top of our other results exemplifies my overall evaluation very well. Everybody has contributed with everything they had to secure the stage wins and Chris Juul’s overall victory. Riders like Juraj Sagan and Michael Kolar have been putting in many kilometers at the front and they’ve been the real heroes during the part of the race, where the TV coverage hasn’t started.


"Mørkøv has been a pivotal strategic force on the team and I am very happy to see him win today. The final kilometer speaks for itself - it was a spotless lead-out. We have to remember that we’ve competed in one of the strongest fields that this race has seen. Mørkøv today and Breschel during the two previous days have been up against fast sprinters like Boasson Hagen and Ciolek. But the lead-outs have been very dedicated and especially Breschel of course has been a really fast tip of the spear - and in a sharp state. Now, we will all try to take this day with us to the next races and let the motivation propagate into the team, as we have some big races coming up”, finishes Lars Michaelsen.



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