Forstemann left out of German Olympic sprint team

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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.

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Simon Richardson
Simon Richardson

Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling when channel surfing in 1989 and happening across the greatest ever edition of the Tour de France. He's been a Greg LeMond fan ever since. He started racing in 1995 when moving to university in North Wales gave him more time to train and some amazing roads to train on. He raced domestically for several years, riding everything from Surrey leagues to time trials, track and even a few Premier Calendars. In 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium with the Kingsnorth International Wheelers. 

Since working for Cycling Weekly he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He can still be seen at his club's evening races through the summer but he still hasn't completed the CW5000 challenge!


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