Zabel in as German squad cut for world championships
Top sprinter Erik Zabel has been retained despite the German squad being cut back by the German cycling federation (BDR) for this month's world road cycling championships.
The BDR on Monday unveiled a squad reduced from 21 to 16 for the September 26th-30th championship in Stuttgart following injuries to Andreas Klöden, Grischa Niermann, Andreas Klier, Paul Martens and Björn Schröder. Zabel's initial inclusion had lead to controversy following his confession to having "briefly" used the banned blood booster EPO (erythropoietin) in 1996, when he won the first of his six points competitions at the Tour de France.
Runner-up at the 2006 world championships, Zabel is expected to be named captain of the German team.
Marcus Burghardt (T-Mobile), Gerald Ciolek (T-Mobile), Markus Fothen (Gerolsteiner), Linus Gerdemann (T-Mobile), Bert Grabsch (T-Mobile), Heinrich Haussler (Gerolsteiner), Christian Knees (Milram), David Kopp (Gerolsteiner), Sebastian Lang (Gerolsteiner), Ronny Scholz (Gerolsteiner), Stephan Schreck (T-Mobile), Stefan Schumacher (Gerolsteiner), Marcel Sieberg (Milram), Jens Voigt (CSC), Fabian Wegmann (Gerolsteiner), Erik Zabel (Milram)
Fulst calls it a day
Double Olympic track cycling champion Guido Fulst of Germany confirmed on Monday that he is retiring from the sport. The 37-year-old had been selected to compete in the 2008 Olympics.
Fulst competed in 16 world track championships and four Olympics between 1992 and 2004. He won two Olympic team pursuit titles in 1992 and 2000, and four world crowns.
His retirement follows that of Rene Wolff, a gold medal winner with the German team at the 2004 Olympics.
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