Six weeks after the start of training, Robert was back at the starting line for the first time. He had set his sights on no less than three disciplines over the weekend. For him, it was all about continuing to build himself up and gaining competitive toughness. The starting field was well staffed internationally.
With the 5th place in the 200m qualifying in Robert (10.061 seconds) managed a passable start. Only Maximilian Levy, Erik Balzer, Kevin Sireau (FRA) and Joachim Eilers were able to finish ahead of him. Robert won the first sprint race against Tomas Babek (CZ) and Michael D`Almeda. The eighth was won by Joachim Eilers ahead of Robert (2nd) and Pavel Kelemen (CZ). This meant that Robert had to go through to the second round, which he then lost to Tomas Babek. “The recovery time between the two runs was still too short for me and I still lacked the toughness for the final sprint,” said Robert about the lost photo finish.
On the second day, Robert then joined the time trial specialists at the start over the 1,000m distance. Here again with the aim of further building up the necessary competitive toughness. Here he managed a remarkable third place behind Robin Wagner (CZ) and Maximilan Dörnbach. Immediately afterwards, it was time for the Keirin preliminary race. Here he finished third, which meant hope run again. Here he had few chances against 3 Frenchmen and finished second. At
However, only the first runner-up will advance to the second round.
Overall, Robert was pleased with his performance. “It was a first stocktaking and especially the sprint quali showed that I have a good basic level. Here I was already faster than last year in competition mode” , said Robert, who was again at the start for the Track Team Brandenburg and is trained by Eyk Pokorny.