Thomas lambasts rule changes
Geraint Thomas has hit out at the rule changes that mean British Cycling must choose between Sir Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny for London 2012.
Hoy beat Kenny to the sprint gold medal in Beijing four years ago but this time around each country is only allowed one rider per event.
Hoy had been a clear favourite to land the place until he was beaten by his compatriot in the semi-finals at the World Championships in Melbourne last month, meaning an unenviable decision for the selectors.
Olympic champion Thomas said: "I think it's crazy they've brought that rule in. Can you imagine them doing that in swimming, or the 100 metres final? I guess they're the rules and there's nothing we bike riders can do about it.
"You look at the 200s (the 200 metre flying laps that decide the qualifiers in the sprint) and I think five countries filled the top 10 (in Melbourne).
"So come the Olympics somebody 11th in the worlds could end up sixth. It dilutes the field, which is disappointing because you want to see the best riders racing.
"If the best riders are both French or both British, you still want them to be there winning medals. But what we can do? We're just the puppets in that race."
Thomas' hopes for gold this summer rest on the team pursuit. The Welshman was part of the quartet that won in Beijing and last month broke the world record in reclaiming the world title from Australia.
The 25-year-old has made big sacrifices to ensure the team have the best possible chance, including deciding not to race in the Tour de France.
Thomas, who is promoting September's Etape Cymru closed road sportive, is considered one of the brightest talents on the road, and he confirmed the London Games is likely to be his last track competition.
But the Tour will not be his main target, with the one-day Classics like Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix an initial priority.
Thomas said: "I'll definitely concentrate on the road for the two years afterwards. Never say never, things can change, they might bring back certain events or whatever, but definitely the road will be my focus.
"The Classics will be my main goal initially, I really want a podium there. I'll concentrate on that for a good few years and see where I can take that.
"The Tour still interests me for sure, it's the biggest bike race in the world, and if I felt I could achieve something there then I'd love to give that a crack.
"But we'll just have to see how things develop in the next couple of years because it's one thing getting a top-20 in the Tour, it's another thing getting a podium. It's a big old gap."