Leopold König misses Giro d'Italia
Apr 05 2017 02:35 am CET

Leopold König misses Giro d'Italia

Leopold König is not going to start in the Giro d'Italia. The Czech was set to lead Bora-hansgrohe in the Italian Grand Tour but has not recovered on time from a knee problem.

The rider has been diagnosed with a knee irritation that causes pain the moment he pushes himself on the bike. Up until now he has been able to follow a low intensity training routine but the medical department of the team and König have decided for him to take a period of complete rest to achieve a full recovery.

"I really tried everything in the last weeks," said the rider. "I don't feel it on easy rides, that's why I kept training and hoping. But whenever we started with intervals I felt pain and we had to take it easy again. So, we ended up making new plans week after week, which makes at some point no sense any more.

"I will take a rest now to fully recover and then start building up again for the second part of the season. For sure I am disappointed, not only for myself, but also for the team. They did everything to build a strong line-up around me. Now I hope they still can do a good race in Italy without me, maybe it's even a good opportunity for the young guys to take their own chances and show their potential."

Bora-hansgrohe's sports director, Enrico Poitschke said that they have to take care of the riders first and then of the results. "We have to take care of the health of our riders, that's one of the main priorities.

"At the point we are now, there was no other option than to give Leo the time he needs to fully recover, even if this means a big regression to our Giro campaign. I am confident that he will come back even stronger in the second half of the season."
Photo of Leopold König (cropped) © BORA-hansgrohe / VeloImages