By Jen Benepe, July 3, 2012
An early break of five riders was 3 minutes 55 seconds ahead of the peloton at Therouanne, some 95 km from the start, and inlcuded riders Andriy Grivko (AST), Ruben Perez (EUS), Sebastien Minard (ALM), Michael Morkov (STB, and Giovanni Bernaudeau (EUC).
Leave it to Morkov, to take a flyer on the third day in a row. Where does he get all the energy? We typed the line this morning, “If Morkov takes a break today, we would not be surprised if he was aiming again for the win,” but we could not believe he would be able to do it. But he has.
Markov is wearing the Polka Dot jersey for all his efforts so far–two breakaways in two stages, and now the third, and is appears he wants to keep it today.
“He’s a track rider, ” said Nick Gates of the SaxoBank Team. Markov also have a background as a 6-day racing circuit but recently turned his attention to road racing. Last year he rode the Giro in support of Alberto Contador, and last year he rode his first Tour de France.
After the Tour Morkov will be heading for the Olympics as part of the Danish Team in the pursuits.
Grivko, Ukraine’s National Road Race and Time Trial Champion in 2012 has twice finished fifth in Tour stages, in Montelimar in 2006 and Revel in 2005.
After Morkov, Grivko may have the most to gain from a win, as he is 38 seconds behind Cancellara and in 43rd position overall in the general classification. Could he take a flyer off the front as the riders come closer to the final finish into Boulogne-Sur-Mer?
Frenchman Giovanni Bernaudau is 69th overall and 1 minute 8 seconds behind Cancellara, but this is also his first Grand Tour.