Day 7 Riders diary Heinrich Haussler: "Not enough for the podium yet"

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25.01.2008/ Heinrich Haussler will publish a riders diary during the Tour Down Under for and Cyclingheroes. You can read the German version at Today day 7: "Not enough for the podium yet."

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Heinrich Haussler during the Gerolsteiner team launch (© Cyclingheroes)

Today we started early. I woke up at 7 am because we had to undergo a transfer of 100 kilometres. Until now todays stage was the hardest that the Tour had to offer. It was very hilly, there was a strong wind and a very high speed. But my biggest fight was against the heat again.

Right after the start we had to ride against cross winds. After only a few kilometres the bunch was splitted in several groups. Right before the first KoM after 19.2 kilometres all riders were together again. But you couldn't relax , because after that we were riding against cross winds again and the bunch was splitted again. None of the teams rode at the front [not organised, editor] but because of the permanent attacks the speed was extremely high.

I tried everything I could to get into a [breakaway] group today. My feeling was: „If a big group get away it will come through.“ but it just wasn't meant to be.

As a team we road very agressive, we always had one at the front. For instance Frösi [Robert Förster, editor] won the second intermediate sprint and shifted a little bit forward in the overall. In the final we found each other and worked very well together. But we also noticed that we miss that little bit extra for a podium spot.

Paco [Wrolich, editor], Carlo [Westphal, editor] and myself rode the 70 kilometres to our hotel by bike. One could say we rode out to regenerate our legs a bit. Now I will get my massage and after that I will finally get something to eat. Tomorrow will be the decisive stage, we all have to try to be at the front.

Until tomorrow, hopefully with some good news.

Your Heinrich

Read also our interview with Heinrich Haussler:

Heinrich Haussler: "I hope to go to the classics in top form."

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Heinrich Haussler
Birthdate: February 25, 1984
Place of Birth: Inverell (Australia)
Residence: Cottbus
Height: 1.81 mtr.
Weight: 69 kg.
Turned pro: 2005
2005 -    ?   Gerolsteiner
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