Czech Zdeněk Štybar, riding for Deceuninck-Quick Step, has won the Omloop
Het Nieuwsblad, the traditional 200 km opening race of the classic season.
The former cyclo-cross specialist attacked from a select lead group of five with three kilometers to go, leaving behind Belgium's Greg van Avermaet and Tim Wellens, who also reached the podium.
Saturday's victory is one of the greatest triumphs in Štybar's career.
In Sports News this week: Barbora Krejčíková and Kateřina Siniaková win women’s doubles at Wimbledon; Tomáš Berdych drops out of men’s top 50; Czechs take two bronze medals at World Rowing Cup in Switzerland; Czech biker Nikola Nosková takes gold and bronze at European Championships; javelin champion Špotáková gives birth to second son.
The Czech cyclist Leopold König has announced that he will return to Germany’s Bora, for which he will be team leader in the 2017 Tour de France, iDnes.cz reported on Tuesday. There had been speculation during this year’s Tour de France that the Czech would rejoin Bora (formerly known as NetApp-Endura), which has also made other significant reinforcements ahead of next season. König, who is 28, signed on with the world’s wealthiest cycling stable Team Sky in 2015.
Cyclist Ivo Koblasa has achieved the best result for a Czech so far in the Paralympics taking place in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. The 23-year-old took sixth place in the 3,000 metres individual pursuit with a time of 3.55.43. The time for Ivo, voted the best handicapped Czech cyclist for 2014,is reckoned to be a promising indication that the can be among the medals in upcoming events.
Czech speed skater Martina Sáblíková says she does not want to become involved in legal action or wrangling over money in connection with her failure to qualify for cycling’s individual time trial at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Such moves would not bring the Olympics back to her, the 29-year-old wrote on her Facebook page. Sáblíková believed she had made the grade for Rio but later discovered she had not, with the Czech Cycling Federation being seen as having wrongly interpreted the qualification rules. The agency that represents her said this week that it was considering legal action against the federation over the debacle.
Czech speed-skater Martina Sablíkova will not be able to compete in the Olympic women's road time trial on Wednesday. Her appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) was definitively rejected on Tuesday. Sablíkova, a five-times Olympic medallist in speed skating, was not included in the International Cycling Union's (UCI) final list for the Rio Games despite the Czech federation nominating her through its own qualification system. Czech officials said the root of the problem was the interpretation of the qualification procedures for Rio.