Updates: 21.06.2021 18:13
Prague – Zdeněk Štybar, Michal Schlegel and current domestic champions from the mass start race Michael Kukrle and Tereza Neumanová are nominated as road cyclists for the races at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. The composition of the selection of national team coach Tomáš Konečný was approved today by the Road Commission of the Czech Cycling Association.
Kukrle from the Elkov-Kasper team gets the biggest space in Japan. After Josef Černý, who originally secured a ticket with a triumph in Thursday’s time trial at the joint national championship in Bánovce nad Bebravou, Slovakia, gave up his place in the expedition, Kukrle will replace him in a duel with a chronometer. In addition, he will present himself with Štybar (Deceuninck-Quick Step) and Schlegel (Elkov-Kasper) in a road race.
“Michael Kukrle will race the road race and the time trial at the Olympics. He deserves a nomination. He leads the Czech Cup at home, he won two of his races this year. clearly agreed that Michael is the right choice, “said Luděk Telecký, Chairman of the Road Commission.
“There were some small indications that it could turn out like this, but otherwise I take it as a very pleasant surprise. And as a result of the fact that not only I am succeeding, but that it is the result of the work of the whole team. Kukrle.
Black dropped out of the squad after he asked coach Konečný to give his place to someone else. “Deceuninck-Quick Step is counting on him at the Vuelta. He should have completed a longer alpine camp before her and unfortunately the Olympics don’t quite fit into his program. We talked about it together in Slovakia, he told me first and in agreement with the other members of the commission we they accepted it, “Konečný explained.
Apart from Černý, other leading professionals Roman Kreuziger and Petr Vakoč will not perform in Tokyo. The captain will be Stybar, who should have the profile of the track. According to Konečný, the team for the road Olympic race will be well balanced.
“Zdeněk has the most experience of our boys with such races. We had to take into account the difficulty of the Olympic race. We have one climber and two classicists in the line-up, who have no problem in the hills. It will be an extremely difficult race, but we are certainly not without chances. I the biggest powers will be able to build a maximum of five competitors and in such a number, no one is able to create a race 230 kilometers long, “said Konečný.
It was the former three-time world champion in cyclocross Štybar that was a clear choice for all concerned. “He is a very experienced racer, this year he got the most UCI points from our boys. He has been preparing for the Olympics for a long time, he takes it as one of the great highlights of the season. He can ride heavy one-offs. Schlegel is above all a great climber. Malopolska and Around Upper Austria. He also did well in other races abroad, “Telecký reminded.
Neumanová (Burgos Alimenta Women Cycling Sport) had a confirmed place since Saturday, when she surpassed Nikola Nosková at the national championship, who took the participant place, but finished just third in a direct confrontation. It was determined in advance that if one of these two competitors wins the title, he will go to the Olympics.
Source: České noviny – hlavní události by www.ceskenoviny.cz.
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