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

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19.01.2008/ Heinrich Haussler is one of the biggest talents of professional cycling. The 23 year old Gerolsteiner rider will start his season at tomorrows Tour Down Under Classic and will write a riders diary for German based website radsport-aktiv and Cyclingheroes. Haussler started his professional career in 2005 and after a set-back in 2007 he has a lot of ambition for the coming years. An interview with Heinrich Haussler: "I hope to go to the classics in top form."

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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.

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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?
Heinrich Haussler: 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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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
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
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