Küng: Time trialling is the Formula 1 of cycling, it pushes innovation

Swiss Stefan Kung of GroupamaFDJ pictured in action at the second stage of the Benelux cycling tour an individual time trial 111km from and to Lelystad The Netherlands Tuesday 31 August 2021BELGA PHOTO DAVID STOCKMAN Photo by DAVID STOCKMANBELGA MAGAFP via Getty Images
European time trial champion Stefan Kung (Groupama-FDJ) (Image credit: DAVID STOCKMANBELGA MAGAFP via Getty Images)

Stefan Küng smiled when the question was put to him. His stance was already obvious, after all. Chris Froome's recent suggestion that time trial bikes could be outlawed from professional cycling was never likely to be endorsed by one of the peloton's foremost exponents of the discipline.

"The time trial has a long tradition, it's been part of our sport since the very beginning," Küng told Cyclingnews at the Volta ao Algarve. "For the development of material, it's good that we have time trialling. For me, it's the Formula 1 of our sport. All the innovation we have in the time trial sector also keeps pushing innovation in normal road racing."

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.