In Sports News this Monday: Czech riders at Tour de France fall behind; Czechs win two golds and a bronze at European canoeing championships; and Russia’s KHL keeps drawing Czech players, and a referee.
Czech riders fall behind at Tour de France
However, another of Leopold König’s teammates, Tiago Machado of Portugal, is ranked third overall after he joined a breakaway and finished 10th. König says the team’s strategy was to get at least one rider to the front of the race.
“I was telling the guys we should ride more aggressively, and we wanted to take part in every breakaway. Jose Mendez and I were in the first group that got away, and Tiago was in the other one. I wanted to be there as well but it’s good that we had at least one rider there. Having no one would be worse.”
Leopold König now says he will do his best to move up the peloton in one of the upcoming stages to try and finish in the top fifteen at his debut Tour de France.
Czechs win two golds, bronze at European canoeing championships
“It was a difficult race because we did not start off that well; we fell behind the other kayaks and had to work hard in the second half. It was exhausting towards the end but we are of course very happy that we managed to defend the title, albeit by such a small margin.”
The other gold came from Martin Fuksa who won the men’s 500 canoe event on Sunday. On Saturday, Czechs Jaroslav Radoň and Filip Dvořák took bronze in 1,000-metre double canoe race.
KHL continues to draw Czech plays – and referee
The captain of the collapsed Czech-based club Lev Praha, Jiří Novotný, has signed a deal with Jaroslavl, and several other players are also reportedly trying to get contracts in the lucrative league.
But it’s not just Czech players who will be skating on KHL ice next season as a top Czech hockey referee, Antonín Jeřábek, will likely work for the league as well. The respected 32-year-old referee told the news website idnes.cz he accepted the league’s offer, and would sign a contract with the KHL by the end of the month.