Leopold König

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Leopold König
ToB 2014 stage 8a - Leopold König 02.jpg
König (left) at the 2011 Tour de l'Ain
Personal information
Full name Leopold König
Born (1987-11-15) 15 November 1987 (age 27)
Moravská Třebová, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 62 kg (137 lb)
Team information
Current team Team Sky
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type All-rounder
Professional team(s)
2006–2010 PSK Whirlpool-Hradec Krlove
2011–2014 Team NetApp
2015– Team Sky
Major wins

Grand Tours

Vuelta a España
1 individual stage (2013)

Stage races

Tour of California
1 individual stage (2013)
Infobox last updated on
1 February 2014

Leopold König (born 15 November 1987) is a Czech professional road cyclist, currently riding for Team Sky.[1]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in the small Czech town of Moravská Třebová, 100 miles east of Prague, Konig as a child played ice hockey, using his bike solely for fitness until he started road racing at the age of 14.[2]

Netapp (2011–2014)[edit]

Konig at the 2013 Vuelta a Espana

Konig was a stage winner in Caerphilly in September 2012 at the Tour of Britain and in April 2013, he won the queen stage of the Tour of California finishing atop Mount Diablo. König detached himself from a small group in the final kilometers and caught Janier Acevedo, dropping him with only 300 m (980 ft) to go.[3]

However both these wins were eclipsed in September 2013 when he claimed his team's maiden Grand Tour victory by winning a mountain stage to Alto Peñas Blancas in the 2013 Vuelta a España after catching climber Igor Antón in the final 500 metres.

König took part in his first Tour de France in 2014, finishing seventh overall after rising two places from ninth by placing fifth in the final time trial.

Team Sky (2015–)[edit]

Konig signed for Team Sky for the 2015 season.[4] Konig achieved his first podium place for Team Sky, scoring third place at the Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana.[5] In the Giro d'Italia, he took over the leadership role as his leader Richie Porte suffered a massive loss of time and ultimately withdrew.[6] On Stage 16 featuring the Mortirolo Pass, Konig was docked 10 seconds for holding onto cars.[7] Konig performed well in the final stages but not well enough to secure a top 5 finish, finishing 6th overall.

Palmarès[edit]

2009
6th GP Kooperativa
9th Grand Prix Boka
2010
1st Overall Oberösterreichrundfahrt
1st Stage 1
1st Overall Czech Cycling Tour
1st Stage 2
1st Stage 3 Tour of Bulgaria
3rd Praha–Karlovy Vary–Praha
5th Overall Szlakiem Grodów Piastowskich
2011
2nd Overall Tour of Austria
1st Young rider classification
3rd Overall Tour de l'Ain
9th Overall Tour of Britain
2012
1st Stage 2 (TTT) Settimana internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
3rd Overall Tour of Utah
6th Overall Grand Prix of Aargau Canton
10th Overall Tour of Britain
1st Stage 6
2013
1st Overall Czech Cycling Tour
1st Stage 3
1st Stage 7 Tour of California
6th Overall Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
9th Overall Vuelta a España
1st Stage 8
2014
4th Overall Bayern-Rundfahrt
7th Overall Tour de France
2015
3rd Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana
3rd Overall Giro del Trentino
5th Trofeo Andratx-Mirador d'Es Colomer
6th Overall Giro d'Italia

Grand Tour general classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour 2013 2014 2015
Pink jersey Giro 6
Yellow jersey Tour 7
red jersey Vuelta 9

WD = Withdrew; In Progress = IP

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Team NetApp-Endura (TNE) - GER". UCI Continental Circuits. Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  2. ^ Cycling Weekly, Introducing Leopold Konig, Thursday September 5, 2013
  3. ^ Steve Jones (18 May 2013). "Tour of California: NetApp's König climbs to stage seven victory, van Garderen stays strong in yellow". VeloNation (VeloNation LLC). Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Willoughby, Ian (30 September 2014). "Czech cyclist König signs for Team Sky after coming seventh in Tour de France". Radio Prague. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  5. ^ http://www.cyclingnews.com/races/trofeo-alcudia-platja-de-muro-2015/results
  6. ^ Stephen Farrand (24 May 2015). "Giro d'Italia: König takes over leadership at Sky as Porte loses 27 minutes". Cyclingnews.com (Future plc). Retrieved 24 May 2015. 
  7. ^ Richard Windsor (27 May 2015). "Team Sky’s König among riders sanctioned after stage 16 of the Giro d’Italia". Cycling Weekly (IPC Media Sports & Leisure network). Retrieved 28 May 2015. 

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