Leopold Konig steps up as Team Sky leader after Porte quits Giro d'Italia

As Richie Porte withdraws from the Giro d'Italia due to injury, Czech rider Leopold Konig is given Team Sky leadership in tough final week

Leopold Konig on stage twelve of the 2015 Giro d'Italia

(Image credit: Watson)

In the snow-capped Dolomite mountains this weekend, Sky gave Giro d'Italia leadership responsibilities to new signing Leopold König. The Czech rider, seventh last year in the Tour de France, sits fifth overall in the Giro, but feels 'gutted' for team-mate Richie Porte, who quit the race due to injuries.

Despite being a heavy favourite to win the overall, Porte crashed, banged his knee and hip, and lost time to leader Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo). He abandoned during today's rest day and travelled home from the Madonna di Campiglio ski resort.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.