Leopold Konig discussion thread

Aug 25, 2013
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This young Czech rider from the second-class team Netapp has been riding without anybody's help, yet he has been keeping up with the best riders on the Tour.

With clumsy Talansky fallling off his bike more often than not, Konig would not have lost some three minutes. Being a good TT rider, he still has a chance to move one or perhaps two places up, provided that no accidents will occur, of course.

Thumbs up for Konig.....
 
Jan 15, 2011
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I'd say König isn't particularly strong tt, maybe about the same level as the Dutch duo, hardly better - but hope he'll prove the very opposite.
 
May 22, 2014
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I am very very pleased with how he has performed. Showed a lot of guts and determination over the course of the race.

A really great Tour given his interrupted season
 
plooton said:
I'd say König isn't particularly strong tt, maybe about the same level as the Dutch duo, hardly better - but hope he'll prove the very opposite.
He's better then Ten Dam for sure. Mollema in his best ITT's was 11th in the Tour last year x2.. so that will be tough

However, Bianchi ITT bikes are not so good. They now received new ones that supposed to be more aerodynamic. But they have not been raced, EVER. The Tour ITT will be the FIRST time that Mollema and Ten Dam will ride with the new bianchi ITT bikes..

So good chance of fail there.
 
Aug 4, 2010
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Dekker_Tifosi said:
He's better then Ten Dam for sure. Mollema in his best ITT's was 11th in the Tour last year x2.. so that will be tough

However, Bianchi ITT bikes are not so good. They now received new ones that supposed to be more aerodynamic. But they have not been raced, EVER. The Tour ITT will be the FIRST time that Mollema and Ten Dam will ride with the new bianchi ITT bikes..

So good chance of fail there.
Lol,thats pretty stupid idea then:eek:
Edit: thanks for almost secret information
 
Mar 10, 2009
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plooton said:
I'd say König isn't particularly strong tt, maybe about the same level as the Dutch duo, hardly better - but hope he'll prove the very opposite.
I think he will be in Top 20. Not exceptional TT-list, but very good one.
 
Dekker_Tifosi said:
He's better then Ten Dam for sure. Mollema in his best ITT's was 11th in the Tour last year x2.. so that will be tough

However, Bianchi ITT bikes are not so good. They now received new ones that supposed to be more aerodynamic. But they have not been raced, EVER. The Tour ITT will be the FIRST time that Mollema and Ten Dam will ride with the new bianchi ITT bikes..So good chance of fail there.
wow. is it confirmed they NEVER even tried the bikes?
a bike company is expected to develop a bike with their sponsored team. and I guess Bianchi did not come up let's say.. in June with the new TT bike project...
 
Dekker_Tifosi said:
They said so in an interview in the Avondetappe yesterday at Dutch TV. Mollema literally said they never rode the new ITT bike and it just came in on the 2nd restday
wow, I think Bianchi were prepared to jump ship. then the Dutch Lotto came on board...
back to Leopold
one of the few things to cheer for me in this Tour. together with Haimar 10th place, and Majka polka dot and stages.
I hope he can put a good TT and keep his 9th place
 
pastronef said:
wow, I think Bianchi were prepared to jump ship. then the Dutch Lotto came on board...
back to Leopold
one of the few things to cheer for me in this Tour. together with Haimar 10th place, and Majka polka dot and stages.
I hope he can put a good TT and keep his 9th place
No, it's not like that. Bianchi was preparing a new ITT bike since the start of the year, but it had a lot of problems. They wanted to give the new bike before the tour (preferably ahead of dauphine/suissE), but it took them even longer then that...
 
Mar 14, 2009
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pastronef said:
wow, I think Bianchi were prepared to jump ship. then the Dutch Lotto came on board...
back to Leopold
one of the few things to cheer for me in this Tour. together with Haimar 10th place, and Majka polka dot and stages.
I hope he can put a good TT and keep his 9th place
He would have to lose 2 minutes to Zubeldia to lose the 9th place. There is better chance moving up as Ten Dam is just 22 sec ahead of him and Mollema 1:41 ahead of him.

Well, it could go either way as 54km is pretty long TT. :cool:
 
König was 11th in the Vuelta ITT last year
Mollema 11th in both TDF itt's..

it will all depend on form of the day. Normally I think König is the more natural ITT-er. But a 55km ITT after a 3 week Tour, it's hard to say
 
Jul 3, 2009
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Jancouver said:
He would have to lose 2 minutes to Zubeldia to lose the 9th place. There is better chance moving up as Ten Dam is just 22 sec ahead of him and Mollema 1:41 ahead of him.

Well, it could go either way as 54km is pretty long TT. :cool:
Leo Konig is only 41 seconds behind Mollema, it´s going to be real fight on seventh place :)
 
Dekker_Tifosi said:
König was 11th in the Vuelta ITT last year
Mollema 11th in both TDF itt's..

it will all depend on form of the day. Normally I think König is the more natural ITT-er. But a 55km ITT after a 3 week Tour, it's hard to say
I think Mollema has looked good in the Pyrenees, whereas both Ten Dam and König looked better in the Alpes. So Mollema to hold his spot and König to overtake Ten Dam.
 
Aug 25, 2013
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Konig is quite confident that he will succeed in tomorrow's time trial despite the crash he happened to have today. He is a very down-to-earth guy who never overestimated his abilities. On the contrary, whatever he claimed only proved to be true so far.

BTW, he posted a comment after today's crash on FB that "he is OK".

Tomorrow's TT will tell.........cheers
 
May 19, 2011
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Jancouver said:
What a ride by King Leo. I honestly did not expect that he will be riding that well. Kudos to you Leo!
he would rank higher if not by that AT's crash, you could also discuss his bright future under" Is this the beginning of a new cycling era?":D He is part of new great generation.
 
Jun 25, 2013
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Two Grand Tours, two Top 10s and a stage win. Really impressive. NetApp/Bora should go all out to keep him.
 
Aug 25, 2013
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lenric said:
I'd like this guy to go to Orica or even BMC.
It'll be really interesting where he winds up in the end. Leo would love to join any of the anglophone teams. However, it's unlikely, I think, that it'll be SKY or Garmin. SKY's too strong and Leo does not want to spend the rest of his carreer working for Froome. And there's Talansky in Garmin he does not get along with.

Orica or BMC seem realistic to me......

NB.....today's TT was surely Leo's best TT ever.......
 

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