The German selectors named their three riders for the sprint competition at the London Olympics last week, missing out Robert Forstemann.

The selectors have unsurprisingly made their decision on the strength of the team sprint, naming Rene Enders, Maximillian Levy and Stefan Nimke in their squad. As current world record holders the trio will be favourites for the title.

“We’ve thought long and hard and finally decided that this was our most promising trio,” said their head coach Detlef Uibel. The German trio won the team sprint at the London world cup but, like Great Britain, were relegated at the world championships for changing outside of the specified zone.

The move leaves out Robert Forstemann, the sprinter with the massive thighs. Forstemann qualified second fastest in the sprint competition at the track world championships in Melbourne, and only lost to Chris Hoy in the quarter finals. He is arguably the nation’s best sprinter.

Enders or Levy are likely to ride the sprint instead. Enders qualified 16th fastest in Melbourne and was then beaten in the first round of match sprinting by Frenchman Mickael Bourgain. Levy didn’t ride.

Losing Forstemann is another blow for the sprint competition at the Olympics that will suffer from the bizarre ‘one rider per country’ rule brought in by the sports governing body, the Unione Cyclist International (UCI) in a knee-jerk reaction to Great Britain’s dominance in Beijing.

There are realistically now only two winners of the sprint competition in London: Gregory Bauge of France, the three time world champion, and the British sprinter that is selected – either Sir Chris Hoy or Jason Kenny. Shane Perkins of Australia is an outside bet, but has never truly challenged in the sprint, and will do better in the kern.

British Cycling is set to make their decision on who will ride the men’s sprint on June 13. Sam Webster was recently left out of the New Zealand squad.

  • Graham

    If the UK spoke French or Italian, it might have been different.

    Cycling has its traditions and it wasn’t that long ago, an aspiring professional cyclist had to be able to speak French or Italian to survive or stay in the UK….

  • Steven Underdown

    How did the UCI ever get this rule approved? Why did the major cycling nations accept it? I don’t recall anyone making a big fuss. And it’s not only the UK team who are affected. France, Germany and Australia are obviously affected too, probably others as well. Nothing like it happens in athletics or swimming … And for that matter, I don’t see why we had to lose events – kilo, pursuit, madison, etc. There seems to be an over abundance of swimming events. Often with one person able to be competative in half a dozen or more. And why was the omnium brought in?

    It seems that the rules are being made by pepole who either don’t understand the sport or are not on its side.

    Steve 2

  • Steve

    Are there any other Olympic events where this rule is applied?

  • Lynne

    Also, at loss to understand what the UCI are trying to achieve with the one rider per country ruling. While the Brits may have dominated at Beijing, since then the World Cup events have demonstated a wealth of talent from many countries with Australia, France and Germany, to name just a few, with more than one one rider in each event.

    It is a real shame that riders deserving of an Olympic place are denied because of this ruling.

  • Ken Evans

    “…..another blow for the sprint competition at the Olympics
    that will suffer from the bizarre
    ‘one rider per country’ rule brought in by…..the UCI…..”

    BIZARRE is the right word !

    The UCI need drug testing !!!!