By VeloNews Interactive, Copyright AFP2003
Germany’s two-time Olympic cycling track champion Jens Lehmann has been dropped from the individual pursuit team for this week’s world championships it was announced by the national cycling federation (BDR) on Monday.
The 35-year-old, 75-time national and international medalist, finished second in the recent German trials but was replaced by another double Olympic champion in Robert Bartko.
Bartko did not compete in the trials but team coach Bernd Dittert opted for Bartko after he timed faster in a private test on June 30.
Bartko will line-up alongside Daniel Becke, who won the national title and comes into the championships straight from the Tour de France. However Lehmann will still compete in the team pursuit, where he will be alongside among others Bartko.
The championships, slated for July 30 to August 3, were originally scheduled for China but were moved to Stuttgart after the outbreak of the SARS virus.
VeloNews’s Charles Pelkey will be in reporting from Stuttgart throughout.