BERLIN, Aug 31, 2008 (AFP) – German cyclist Andreas Kloeden, second in the Tour de France in both 2004 and 2006, announced Sunday he will not race for his country again because of his non-selection for the Beijing Olympic Games.
“I have already announced my decision to the German Cycling Federation
(BDR) that I will not be available to represent them again,” said the Astana rider on his website.
“Until today, the reasons of my non-selection (for Beijing) were not given to me.
“Unfortunately, I read in the press the federation’s chief technical officer thought that I was not cut out for the single day races,” said the former training partner of Jan Ullrich.
“This explanation is – if you excuse the expression – crap.
“More so because I didn’t compete in the Tour de France this year, especially so I could prepare for the Olympics.”
The 33-year-old, who won a road race bronze medal at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, will also not take part in next month’s road world cycling championships on September 28 in Varese, Italy.
His name did not appear in the 17 cyclists named for the world championships by the BDR on August 25.