Day 9 Riders diary Heinrich Haussler: "Frösi was really strong today."

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27.01.2008/ Heinrich Haussler will publish a riders diary during the Tour Down Under for and Cyclingheroes. You can read the German version at Today day 9: "Frösi was really strong today."

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Heinrich Haussler during the Gerolsteiner team launch (© Cyclingheroes)

Today I woke up at 8 am. I took a nibble for breakfast because lunch was already at 11 am. At 1.30 pm we drove to the course. We had to race another 88 kilometres on a 5.5 kilometres long course, which was in the city center of Adelaide.

From the start we rode full gas because Allan Davis was only seven seconds behind Andre Greipel in the overall. Because of the two intermediate sprints and the bonus seconds at the finish everything was open and we rode the stage correspondingly. Davis managed to win the first intermediate sprint and advanced to four seconds behind Greipel.

The pace was brutally high. Attack after attack but Davis' team wanted to keep everything together because of the second intermediate sprint. The plan didn't work out as Greipel won the second intermediate sprint.

Our job was to bring Frösi [Robert Förster, editor] to the front and support him as good as possible. Actually that worked very well: he came in second. That was really strong.

Again there was no way around Greipel today. He also won the final stage and because of that he also took the overall. He has a superb form, one has to acknowledge that without jalousy.

The Tour was a good preparation for me for the next races. Tomorrow I will fly for two weeks to my parents, who live in Australia. My next race will be the Tour of California. It was fun to give you an insight what happens at a stage race like this.


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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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