TOUR DE FRANCE racer Steve Cummings has expressed his disappointment at missing the London Olympics.
The Wirral cyclist was a surprise omission when the final Team GB line up was delivered to LOCOG (London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games) yesterday.
“I’m disappointed, of course,” he said publicly.
“It’s everyone’s dream to be selected for the Olympics, especially when it’s being held in London. But I hope the guys do well and bring back a gold medal.”
But privately Cummings is believed to be bitterly upset by the snub. Cummings has appeared at the last two Olympics, winning a silver medal as part of the team pursuit quartet in 2004 and finishing 11th in the individual time trial in 2008.
He was named in the original six-man Road Race line-up, but missed the cut when the team was trimmed.
“We’ve chosen a team that we think can perform the best on that course,” said team boss Dave Brailsford.
“It was a tough decision. Steve’s been going well, but he’s had a few crashes and injuries this year that set him back a little bit. But he’s a fantastic rider and it was a really tough decision. But it’s always picking the last rider that’s the most difficult.
Cummings is currently in France riding for the BMC team at the Tour, having come back from a broken pelvis sustained at the Tour of the Algarve in February.
“Being here with Cadel makes up for it,” he added. “Especially after everything that I’ve been through this year.
“The race has been going well so far. I’ve managed to stay out of trouble, although I’m braking a lot more and I’m still pretty nervous, but I’ve been getting through safely.”