Gerrit Glomser (Team Volksbank) has recovered from the virus that kept him out of the Omloop Het Volk, allowing the rider to prepare for his next races. Meanwhile, he is also venting his spleen on the Austrian Olympic qualification standards.
"The qualification guidelines are to me not understandable," he said. "I have only a few chances left [to qualify]."
According to the Team Volksbank rider, the Austrian cycling federation has forgotten that cycling is a team sport. "We ride for the rider who is best in form," he said. "That doesn't have to be me."
The 32 year-old was not especially worried as to whether he makes the Beijing Olympic Games team or not. "Either I will meet the qualification or I won't," he said. "I'm not going to kill myself for the federation."
"Team Volksbank, which is my employer, has absolute priority and future, which the Austrian cycling federation doesn't," he added, explaining his approach to the situation.
Glomser had been laid low with a virus and fever. Despite not having completely recovered, the rider has returned to training with the worst now behind him. "The pause that I had to make shouldn't have any negative effects on my season," he said.
Glomser's next races are the Coppi Bartali (March 25-29), Settimana Lombardi (April 1-4), Sarthe (Apirl 8-11) and the Giro del Trentino (April 22-25).