Following four months on the sidelines, Leopold König (Team Sky) will finally get to line-up at a race on Saturday, when he starts the Tour de Suisse as part of a strong Team Sky squad lead by Geraint Thomas. A persistent knee injury means that König hasn’t seen racing action since he packed his bags at the end of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana in early February.
It’s been a tough few months for the Czech rider but that time off has given him increased hunger and drive as he aims big in the second half of this season.
“When I have been training in the mountains the last few weeks doing some intervals, I felt quite good, considering what happened. The main thing is that I feel fresh and hungry again. I think that will be my big advantage for the rest of the season,” König told Cyclingnews before heading to Switzerland.
After the Tour de Suisse, König will head home for the Czech national championships before a short break followed by the Tour de Pologne as had been planned at the start of the season. However, it the Olympic Game in Rio that has his attention and that has helped him through the tough times.
“That’s the main focus in my head at the moment. I want to do both the time trial and the road race, which suits me really well. That’s what is keeping me motivated,” said König. “The Olympics are above the sport of cycling. It’s something you might never experience in your life again so for sure I want to be part of the Olympic team, and I want to be the best there. When I saw the profiles of the TT and the road race, I had the thought of getting a medal and why not in both. Let’s keep the goals high.”
Light at the end of the tunnel
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