In Sports News this Monday: Czech rider König wins admirers on climb to eighth overall in Tour de France – former national champion Benčík tips him to join top team; Špotáková makes it three out of three Diamond League wins; Sparta send weakened squad to Tallinn for Champions League qualifier; and Ostrava “ultras” to stay away from home games.
König climbs to eighth in Tour de France after strong showing in Alps
“If it was the Tour de Alps, not the Tour de France I’d actually be second or third – which would be pretty good! I was comfortable in the Alps, and only Nibali was ahead of me overall. So I will go into the Pyrenees with greater confidence – I’m looking forward to them.”
König’s Germany-based NetApp team only got into the Tour de France as a wild card entry and many believe it won’t be long before the Czech cyclist – who also won a stage and came ninth in Vuelta last year – is snapped up by a more prestigious stable. Among them is former Czech national champion Petr Benčík.
“A great performance, just like in Vuelta. Before the Tour de France I tipped König to come eighth and I still believe that he will do so, even though he hit a few holes at the start. His performance has been absolutely super and I think he’s definitely staked a claim for a place in one of the top teams.”
Špotáková continues perfect return with another Diamond League win
Sparta send weakened squad to Tallinn for “dead rubber”
Baník fans to stay away over data dispute
Baník Ostrava’s home games look like being relatively quiet next season. The club rejected a call from hard-core supporters to reduce the amount of data spectators have to provide for fan registration cards so the “ultras” have decided to stay away from Ostrava’s Bazaly stadium.