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by Mark Zalewski
August 3, 2016
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Even though Olympic rules that began with the London 2012 Games state that nations can only name three riders in total for the cycling track sprint competitions, covering both the individual and team sprint events, the German team is bringing four sprinters to Rio using a back door, placing a fourth track rider on the road race team.
Maximilian Levy is on the provisional start list for the Olympic road race, but is a track sprinter by trade, having won multiple world championships and a silver and two bronzes on the track. The chances he will actually start the hilly road race are quite slim.
The federation did the same thing in London naming Robert Forstemann to their mountain biking squad though he never had raced in that discipline.
By doing this end-around the rules the sprint team will have the option to not use a rider in both the individual and team sprints, especially given that the schedule for sprint events will be tight in Rio.
Levy finished fourth in the Keirin at the London world championships earlier this year.
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