German track specialist Robert Bartko has been given a Fair Play award by the German Olympic Committee (DOG) after an incident that occurred during the recent Berlin Six Day. Bartko was competing against Bruno Risi in the final sprint that would determine the overall winner, when he crashed out of contention meaning that Risi and Betschart took out the title. Although the German fans assumed that Risi was at fault, Bartko hastened to assure them over the microphone that, "The crash was my own fault. Bruno is the honest winner."
Bartko is the second cyclist to be given the DOG's Fair Play award, as Jan Ullrich also won it after waiting for Lance Armstrong, who crashed on Luz Ardiden in the 2003 Tour de France.