Sports notes | Mighty Mike

Danish cyclist Michael Mørkøv won the sixth stage of the Vuelta a Espana last week on Thursday. The Saxo-Tinkoff cyclist finished ahead of the tour’s established sprinters on the 177.3km stage to take his first ever stage win in a major tour. Meanwhile, Saxo-Tinkoff currently has two riders in the Top-10 of the standings: Nicholas Roche, who is third, and Rafal Majka, who is ninth. The tour ends on September 15.


Canoeing for silver – again


René Holten Poulsen from the Maribo Kayak Club won a silver medal in the K1 500-metre race at the 2013 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Germany last weekend, missing out on gold by over a second to his German counterpart, Tom Liebscher the 24-year-old, who won silver at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, was his country’s lone medallist at the championships. 


Rowing to gold – twice


The Danes showed their mettle in the lightweight classification at the World Rowing Championships over the weekend, winning gold medals in both the lightweight men’s single sculls and the lightweight men’s four. Denmark had entered seven boats into the championships held in South Korea.  The Danish single sculler, Henrik Stephansen, had been considered a favourite in his event based on his 2,000-metre indoor rowing record.


Giants coming to Parken


FC Copenhagen might be near the bottom of the table in the Superliga, but Parken stadium will see some of the best clubs in the world visit for the group stage of the Champions League. Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid are 4/9 favourites to win the group (all prices Ladbroke’s), followed by Italian champions Juventus (7/4) and Turkey’s Galatasaray (16s), leaving FCK the rank outsiders at 80/1.


Esbjerg earns Europa spot


Esbjerg booked its spot in the Europa League’s group stage, where it will play Belgium’s Standard Liège, Austria’s Salzburg and Sweden’s Elfsborg. It’s the first Europa League berth for the west Jutland club, which advanced following an impressive win over French club St Etienne, which it beat 5-3 on aggregate thanks to a 1-0 win in France last week on Thursday. Esbjerg is currently fourth in the Superliga.


Brøndby still bottom


While FC Copenhagen picked up its first win of the season, more disappointment continued for city rival Brøndby, which conceded two late goals to AaB BK in a 2-1 loss at the Nordjyske Arena. Bottom-of-the-table Brøndby had gone ahead in the 72nd minute thanks to a goal by Simon Christoffersen, only to see AaB score twice within the space of three minutes when victory had been there for the taking.