‘Get the CAMEL DRIVERS!’: German Olympic time trial cyclist leaves commentators baffled as he roars at his rider to chase rivals from Algeria and Eritrea… before a hasty apology claiming it was ‘a bad choice of words’
A German cycling coach has been forced to apologize after being caught on film urging one of his riders to ‘get the camel drivers’ as he chased opponents from Algeria and Eritrea.
Patrick Moster was filmed chasing Nikias Arndt during the Olympic time trial in Tokyo, with microphones clearly picking him up as he yelled ‘Hol die Kameltreiber! Hollow the Kameltreiber’.
Azzedine Lagab (Algeria) and Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier (Eritrea) had preceded the German competitor. On German television, ARD commentator Florian Nass was stunned and labeled the comments as ‘completely wrong’. “Words fail me,” he added.
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Patrick Moster was seen running behind Nikias Arndt, telling his rider to ‘get the camel drivers’
Azzedine Lagab from Algeria (photo) and Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier (Eritrea) had left for the German participant on Wednesday for the Olympic time trial.
‘If I heard correctly, he said, ‘Get the camel drivers!’ That has no place in sports. This is absolutely underground. Sorry, I can’t think of anything . . . unworthy.’
Moster later said, “In the heat of the moment and with the overall burden we have here at the moment, I missed my choice of words. I’m so sorry, I can only sincerely apologize. I didn’t mean to despise anyone.’
Former cyclist Moster, 54, can now wait anxiously to see if he keeps his job.
The coach’s comment was immediately condemned by the commentator and he apologized for his ‘poor choice of words’ unclear in ‘heat of battle’
The chairman of the Olympic Committee of Germany, Alfons Hormann, seemed to have a dim view of the coach’s comments. “Team Germany stands for adhering to the Olympic values of respect, fair play and tolerance and lives them in all their sports competitions,” he said.
It is important that Patrick Moster apologized immediately after the game. We will have a personal meeting with him today and deal with the situation,” continues Hörman, 50.
Meanwhile, Geraint Thomas claimed people had ‘knocked in the knife’ after finishing a disappointing 12th in the time trial, which was won by Slovenian Primoz Roglic.
The Team GB rider, who has yet to renew his contract with Ineos Grenadiers, has had a challenging time after crashes ruined the weekend’s road race and the Tour de France.
“It’s just been five really tough weeks,” he said. “It’s been one thing after another. A few people also always like to stick the knife in when things don’t go well. Just try to stay strong, keep going, keep putting your hat in the ring. It didn’t really work this time, maybe next year.’
Responding to the comments on Eurosport, Sir Bradley Wiggins suggested the Welshman was referring to ‘other things going on behind the scenes’.
“We can only guess and speculate what those things are,” Wiggins added. “Geraint is a great athlete. He needs a break now. I don’t think he was talking about journalists there.’
Wiggins added that Thomas, a former Tour winner, would not be short of options if he left Ineos. Elsewhere in the race, Tao Geoghegan Hart finished 29th.