|Heinrich Haussler during the team presentation (© Cyclingheroes)
Cyclingheroes: You started as a pro in 2005 and had a remarkable strong season. Last year you
have had a couple of injuries...
Heinrich Haussler: I was 21 when I turned pro. I had the best start you can have as a young
rider; I won a stage in the Vuelta [a Espana 2005, editor] and I had a lot of other good results. Then it went a little bit
downhill again but last year I had a stage win at the Dauphiné [Libéré, editor]. I had so many injuries in the last couple
of years.. It was something that was setting me back. I did a lot of physiotherapy over the winter, about three or four times
a week. I think it helped me a lot, up until now I had no injuries. No back problems, no knee problems. So I hope I will go
to the classics with a top form and without any injuries.
Cyclingheroes: Was it difficult for you, as a young rider, to be asked about doping again and
again... and to live with the general suspicion against professional riders?
Heinrich Haussler: At the beginning it was really hard. I mean I was a young rider You
look up to people who have been winning the Tour de France and other big races. And then you find out that they did this with
prohibited substances and other things they have done. You have to get used to it and look passed it. I am a young rider and
I hope cycling has a future. I think we are going in the right direction with the ADAMS system and other new instruments.
ADAMS is hard, you have to go in the internet café if you are in a different city to say where you are. But if that's the
way we can get cycling clean then its fine by me. I am looking forward to the future.
|Heinrich Haussler at Ahrenberg (© Cyclingheroes)
Cyclingheroes: You have a double citizenship [Australian, German, editor]. Would you prefer
to ride for Germany or for Australia at the Worlds or the Olympics?
Heinrich Haussler: That's something I have been thinking about the last couple of months. The
2010 World Championships will take place in Melbourne and then I will be 26 years old. Its one of my biggest goals to
race the Worlds in Australia. I think next year I will decide which country I am going to ride for: Australia or Germany.
Cyclingheroes: What are your main goals for the upcoming season?
I will start my season at the Tour Down Under
. But I am not in a top form yet. It would have been good if I would have had a top form in Australia because to ride good
there would mean a lot to me. I won't win but to win a stage would be good. I will stay in Australia for three weeks
with my parents and train there. After that I will race the Tour of California and hopefully in California my form will start
to rise. Then I will come back to Europe. I am looking forward to the classics: Milano - San Remo, Roubaix and Flanders. My
goals are the classics.
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Birthdate: February 25, 1984
Place of Birth: Inverell (Australia)
Height: 1.81 mtr.
Weight: 69 kg.
Turned pro: 2005
2005 - ? Gerolsteiner
Stage 19 Vuelta a Espana
Stage 1 Vuelta Ciclista a Murcia
Stage 5 Vuelta Ciclista a Murcia
Stage 3 Tour of Rheinland Pfalz
Stage 2 Circuit Franco - Belge
Stage 4 Circuit Franco - Belge
Stage 5 Tour of Lower Saxony
Stage 1 Dauphiné Libéré