Home victories always taste that little bit sweeter, and Danish rider Michael Morkov insists he couldn’t be prouder to have clinched the Six Day Copenhagen crown alongside Lasse Norman Hansen.
The crowd favourites took home the silverware on a frantic final night of action at the Ballerup Super Arena, going head-to-head with Kenny de Ketele and Moreno de Pauw into the very last race.
In the end, it was the Danes who brought home the bacon, ending proceedings on zero laps, 109 points ahead of the Belgians – the winners of Six Day London and Amsterdam.
But it wasn’t smooth sailing for Morkov and Norman Hansen, with de Ketele and de Pauw winning two of the opening six sprints of the night to narrow the gap at the top, with the Danish pair taking just one.
De Pauw just edged Norman Hansen to the line in the 30-minute Madison, before Norman Hansen and Morkov took the night’s first elimination race.
The Belgians and Danes finished second and third respectively in the Derny final, meaning that the recipients of the trophy would be decided in the final hour-long Madison, with de Pauw and de Ketele needing to take a lap in order to get their hands on the crown.
But it wasn’t to be, as victory for Norman Hansen and Morkov saw the 55th Six Day Copenhagen prize remain on Danish soil.
“It’s fantastic to win here at home in front of such an impressive audience,” said Morkov.
“It is a pleasure to ride with Lasse, he showed real strength.”
He added on Twitter: “[I’m] proud to pull off this win with Lasse in front of this winter’s best track teams.”