The more I think about it, the more I’m glad I’m not an Olympic team selector, because it’s must be a nightmare, balancing different riders’ skills and abilities, taking into account their history, the course, the dynamics, etc etc etc. So it’ll be interesting to see how the Germans play it - especially because the German Cycling Federation have a bit of a history with odd team decisions. From the time they took Sarah Düster to the World Championships in Mendrisio, but didn’t bother to register her, and not telling her, to the decisions over the 2004 Olympic team that resulted in Judith Arndt sending them a very public message, they are one to watch… and it’ll be especially interesting this year, because they have to start as one of the top favourites.
Below the jump, I’ll tell you the three riders I think have to be given a ticket to London, and who I think will be fighting for the fourth spot - and in the comments you can say who YOU’D take! But we’ll start with Ina-Yoko Teutenberg - because if any rider is guaranteed a place on the team, if not on the Olympic podium, it’s Teute…"
My profiles of the riders I think will be representing the German Olympic team in the road races in London… Go on and read it!
These are the riders they’ll pick their 4 riders for the Olympic road race from
” Five unlikes for Vos at Flanders (not to be confused with dislikes):
1. Unlike Cancellara, she doesn’t really have any weak spot. She can climb, time trial and sprint (second at last year’s World Championship sprintfest).
2. Unlike Cancellara, she has team mates who can (and do) also win in these type of races.
3. Unlike most other bike races, Flanders understands the value of women’s cycling and also understands how to integrate a women’s race into the overall program. So the spectators are in for a treat.
4. Unlike Cancellara, Vos seems to be a mere mortal. It’s just been announced she’s sick and therefore out of Flanders for tomorrow. All bets are off, but my sentimental favorite is Lizzie Armitstead.
5. Unlikely winner could be Sara Duester, who is taking over the leader’s role from Vos for Rabobank. She is a great rider (and a great person), although she does not always like dealing with pressure. Maybe the way she just became the team leader is a blessing for her.”"
The shock news that Marianne Vos is out of Ronde van Vlaanderen due to illness changes everything about the race. I really like Vroomen’s Vos preview - and his five “unlikes”!