After recently coming seventh in his debut Tour de France, the Czech cyclist Leopold König has attracted the interest of three teams from the sport’s elite WorldTour, his manager Brian Smith said in an interview for cyclingnews.com. König, who is 26, is due to hold talks in the next week with the Netapp-Endura team, with which he is contracted until the end of the season. Smith said the Czech needed to acquire experience with one of the world’s best teams.
The environment minister has just unveiled what he describes as a revolutionary amendment aimed at making the Czech Republic’s national parks more accessible to the public. However, some critics say the planned change could lead to damage to valuable wildlife, while others say the bill contradicts existing legislation on the country’s biggest national park, Šumava.
Czech cyclist Leopold König has moved up and is now placed seventh overall in the Tour de France after the 16th state of the race and trails sixth placed US competitor Tejay van Garderen by just six seconds. The 26-year-old Czech is trailing leader Vincenzo Nibali by just over nine and a half minutes. The cyclists face the second of the three part Pyrenees challenge on Wednesday in one of the shortest but most difficult stages.
A bill being prepared by the ministry of the environment is aimed at making Czech national parks more accessible to hikers, giving more powers to municipalities and simplifying regulations, Minister Richard Brabec said on Tuesday. He described the planned amendment to the law on the environment, the most extensive in two decades, as revolutionary. However, the proposed opening of zones of national parks that are now closed to the public could put represent a threat to wildlife, a representative of the Czech branch of Friends of the Earth said in response to Tuesday’s announcement.
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.
In Sports News this Monday: Mountain biker Kulhavý completes unique hat-trick in Marathon World Championships; Kreuziger to miss Tour de France over irregularities in biological passport; Štybar becomes national mass start road race champion; hurdler Hejnová delays return; and Vydra returns to Watford.
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