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Olympics: Denmark win men's Madison

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Michael Morkov celebrates winning the men's Madison

Michael Morkov celebrates winning the men's Madison (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Great Britain in the men's Madison

Great Britain in the men's Madison (Image credit: Getty Images)
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France was aggressive in the men's Madison

France was aggressive in the men's Madison (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Denmark impressed in the men's Madison

Denmark impressed in the men's Madison (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Great Britain in action in the men's Madison

Great Britain in action in the men's Madison (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Lasse Norman Hansen and Michael Morkov get a hug after winning the men's Madison gold medal

Lasse Norman Hansen and Michael Morkov get a hug after winning the men's Madison gold medal (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Lasse Norman Hansen and Michael Morkov celebrate winning the men's Madison

Lasse Norman Hansen and Michael Morkov celebrate winning the men's Madison (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Beglium made a late attack in the men's Madison

Beglium made a late attack in the men's Madison (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Belgium Robbe Ghys in the men's Madison (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Germany's Roger crashed during the men's Madison

Germany's Roger crashed during the men's Madison (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Michael Morkov in action during the men's Madison

Michael Morkov in action during the men's Madison (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Australia make a change during the men's Madison

Australia make a change during the men's Madison (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Great Britain’s Matt Walls and Ethan Hayter took the silver in the men's Madison

Great Britain’s Matt Walls and Ethan Hayter took the silver in the men's Madison (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Michael Morkov and Lasse Norman Hansen show off their gold medals

Michael Morkov and Lasse Norman Hansen show off their gold medals (Image credit: Getty Images)
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France’s Benjamin Thomas and Donavan Grondin won the bronze at the men's Madison

France’s Benjamin Thomas and Donavan Grondin won the bronze at the men's Madison (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Michael Morkov and Lasse Norman Hansen took gold in the men's Madison

Michael Morkov and Lasse Norman Hansen took gold in the men's Madison (Image credit: Getty Images)

Denmark pair Michael Mørkøv and Lasse Norman Hansen won a tense, high-speed and crash-hit men’s Madison to take the gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The pair rode a calculated race, making efforts to take points when possible and responding to major attacks from France and Belgium.  

Denmark carefully scored a total of 43 points, winning some sprints and cleverly placing in others during the 200-lap and 20 sprint race. 

Mørkøv lifted Denmark to second place with a sprint victory with 140 laps left to race and then they went in search of a lap with Hansen. However they were quickly chased down and switched tactics when France attacked alone. 

Denmark helped keep the pace high to stop France gaining a lap and so 20 points, while also scoring other points in the sprints. That strategy lifted them above France and Great Britain with 80 laps to race and they then controlled their tiring rivals.

Great Britain’s Matt Walls and Ethan Hayter rode aggressively early and were the early race leaders. They faded mid-race but then went on the attack to win the final sprint to secure the silver medal ahead of France’s Benjamin Thomas and Donavan Grondin. Both scored 40 points but the final sprint decided the medal order. Thomas and Grondin were the most aggressive of the race, spending 20 laps out front mid-race in an attempt to take a lap. However, their major rivals eventually closed them down.  

Belgium’s Kenny de Ketele and Robbe Ghys gave it everything with a late attack but they were caught just before the final sprint, turning a chance of gold into fourth place.     

The USA pair of Adrian Hegyvary and Gavin Hoover crashed hard during a hand sling change at half distance and failed to finish, while Germany, Austria and New Zealand were also caught up in crashes.

Italian pair Elia Viviani and Simone Consonni struggled to compete in the sprints and eventually lost a lap to finish tenth.  

Mørkøv played a vital role in helping Mark Cavendish win four stages at the Tour de France and then switched to track mode to prepare for the Madison in Tokyo. Denmark won the world title in 2020 and confirmed their skill and speed yet again. 

"I've been a wreck of nerves all this week. I knew we had a huge chance of becoming Olympic champions, and right now I do not think it has sunk in," Mørkøv told Danish television, close to tears as the Danish national anthem was played in the velodrome during the medal ceremony. 

"All week I have been afraid that I would burst into tears."

Final standings
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lasse Norman Hansen/Michael Morkov (Denmark) 43
2Ethan Hayter/Matthew Walls (Great Britain) 40
3Benjamin Thomas/Donavan Grondin (France) 40
4Kenny de Ketele/Robbe Ghys (Belgium) 32
5Yoeri Havik/Jan Willem van Schip (Netherlands) 17
6Sebastian Mora Vedri/Albert Torres Barcelo (Spain) 14
7Robin Froidevaux/Thery Schir (Switzerland) 8
8Szymon Sajnok/Daniel Staniszewski (Poland)
9Roger Kluge/Theo Reinhardt (Germany) -6
10Simone Consonni/Elia Viviani (Italy) -9
11Campbell Stewart/Corbin Strong (New Zealand) -17
DNFKelland O'Brien/Leigh Howard (Australia)
DNFAdrian Hegyvary/Gavin Hoover (United States of America)
DNFAndreas Graf/Andreas Mueller (Austria)
DNFMark Downey/Felix English (Ireland)
DNFMichael Foley/Derek Gee (Canada)

Sprint 1
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Benjamin Thomas/Donavan Grondin (France) 5
2Ethan Hayter/Matthew Walls (Great Britain) 3
3Yoeri Havik/Jan Willem van Schip (Netherlands) 2
4Simone Consonni/Elia Viviani (Italy) 1

Sprint 2
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Benjamin Thomas/Donavan Grondin (France) 5
2Lasse Norman Hansen/Michael Morkov (Denmark) 3
3Ethan Hayter/Matthew Walls (Great Britain) 2
4Simone Consonni/Elia Viviani (Italy) 1

Sprint 3
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ethan Hayter/Matthew Walls (Great Britain) 5
2Kelland O'Brien/Leigh Howard (Australia) 3
3Sebastian Mora Vedri/Albert Torres Barcelo (Spain) 2
4Adrian Hegyvary/Gavin Hoover (United States of America) 1

Sprint 4
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Yoeri Havik/Jan Willem van Schip (Netherlands) 5
2Lasse Norman Hansen/Michael Morkov (Denmark) 3
3Roger Kluge/Theo Reinhardt (Germany) 2
4Kenny de Ketele/Robbe Ghys (Belgium) 1

Sprint 5
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kenny de Ketele/Robbe Ghys (Belgium) 5
2Ethan Hayter/Matthew Walls (Great Britain) 3
3Yoeri Havik/Jan Willem van Schip (Netherlands) 2
4Benjamin Thomas/Donavan Grondin (France) 1

Sprint 6
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lasse Norman Hansen/Michael Morkov (Denmark) 5
2Roger Kluge/Theo Reinhardt (Germany) 3
3Ethan Hayter/Matthew Walls (Great Britain) 2
4Yoeri Havik/Jan Willem van Schip (Netherlands) 1

Sprint 7
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Simone Consonni/Elia Viviani (Italy) 5
2Lasse Norman Hansen/Michael Morkov (Denmark) 3
3Robin Froidevaux/Thery Schir (Switzerland) 2
4Sebastian Mora Vedri/Albert Torres Barcelo (Spain) 1

Sprint 8
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kenny de Ketele/Robbe Ghys (Belgium) 5
2Benjamin Thomas/Donavan Grondin (France) 3
3Yoeri Havik/Jan Willem van Schip (Netherlands) 2
4Roger Kluge/Theo Reinhardt (Germany) 1

Sprint 9
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Adrian Hegyvary/Gavin Hoover (United States of America) 5
3Ethan Hayter/Matthew Walls (Great Britain) 3
4Sebastian Mora Vedri/Albert Torres Barcelo (Spain) 2
3Yoeri Havik/Jan Willem van Schip (Netherlands) 1

Sprint 10
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lasse Norman Hansen/Michael Morkov (Denmark) 5
2Simone Consonni/Elia Viviani (Italy) 3
3Ethan Hayter/Matthew Walls (Great Britain) 2
4Yoeri Havik/Jan Willem van Schip (Netherlands) 1

Sprint 11
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Benjamin Thomas/Donavan Grondin (France) 5
2Lasse Norman Hansen/Michael Morkov (Denmark) 3
3Ethan Hayter/Matthew Walls (Great Britain) 2
4Robin Froidevaux/Thery Schir (Switzerland) 1

Sprint 12
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Benjamin Thomas/Donavan Grondin (France) 5
2Lasse Norman Hansen/Michael Morkov (Denmark) 3
3Yoeri Havik/Jan Willem van Schip (Netherlands) 2
4Ethan Hayter/Matthew Walls (Great Britain) 1

Sprint 13
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Benjamin Thomas/Donavan Grondin (France) 5
2Kenny de Ketele/Robbe Ghys (Belgium) 3
3Lasse Norman Hansen/Michael Morkov (Denmark) 2
4Ethan Hayter/Matthew Walls (Great Britain) 1

Sprint 14
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Roger Kluge/Theo Reinhardt (Germany) 5
2Benjamin Thomas/Donavan Grondin (France) 3
3Kenny de Ketele/Robbe Ghys (Belgium) 2
4Lasse Norman Hansen/Michael Morkov (Denmark) 1

Sprint 15
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lasse Norman Hansen/Michael Morkov (Denmark) 5
2Roger Kluge/Theo Reinhardt (Germany) 3
3Ethan Hayter/Matthew Walls (Great Britain) 2
4Yoeri Havik/Jan Willem van Schip (Netherlands) 1

Sprint 16
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Robin Froidevaux/Thery Schir (Switzerland) 5
2Lasse Norman Hansen/Michael Morkov (Denmark) 3
3Sebastian Mora Vedri/Albert Torres Barcelo (Spain) 2
4Benjamin Thomas/Donavan Grondin (France) 1

Sprint 17
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sebastian Mora Vedri/Albert Torres Barcelo (Spain) 5
2Campbell Stewart/Corbin Strong (New Zealand) 3
3Benjamin Thomas/Donavan Grondin (France) 2
4Simone Consonni/Elia Viviani (Italy) 1

Sprint 18
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kenny de Ketele/Robbe Ghys (Belgium) 5
2Lasse Norman Hansen/Michael Morkov (Denmark) 3
3Sebastian Mora Vedri/Albert Torres Barcelo (Spain) 2
4Ethan Hayter/Matthew Walls (Great Britain) 1

Sprint 19
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kenny de Ketele/Robbe Ghys (Belgium) 5
2Ethan Hayter/Matthew Walls (Great Britain) 3
3Lasse Norman Hansen/Michael Morkov (Denmark) 2
4Benjamin Thomas/Donavan Grondin (France) 1

Sprint 20
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ethan Hayter/Matthew Walls (Great Britain) 10
2Kenny de Ketele/Robbe Ghys (Belgium) 6
3Benjamin Thomas/Donavan Grondin (France) 4
4Lasse Norman Hansen/Michael Morkov (Denmark) 2

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