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Back 6.7.2009

Cervelo's Haussler Wins in Germany

Saturday was the eighth edition of the GP Schwarzwald.The 150 km race both started and finished in Triberg, in southern Germany. After three smaller breaks, a group of eight riders that contained lots of the favourites finally took the lead. From Cervélo TestTeam there was Heinrich Haussler. He stayed together in that lead along with Patrick Sinkewitz (PSK Whirlpool), Peter Velits and John Fröhlinger (both on Milram), Thomas de Gendt and Jan Bakelants (both on Topsort Vlaanderen), Christophe Moreau and Eduardo Gonzalo (both on AG2R). The group eventually developed a lead of 4 minutes. In the finale Haussler was the strongest of the 8 riders and arrived solo on the finish line 5 seconds before Bakelants and 15 seconds ahead of third placed Fröhlinger.

Only 20 of the 90 riders who started finished the race. That last fact is interesting when you consider that this year, in an effort to make the course a little easier, the organizers changed the course direction by reversing the start and finish. Past editions of the GP Schwarzwald have been quite challenging with a 19% gradient on the course.

“Today's race was super hard right from the beginning as the riders had a 3,500 metre altitude to ride," said Sports Director Jens Zemke. "Heinrich did a incredible job today surviving as the single rider from the breakaway group. Because he was so dangerous in the sprint they made it very hard for him. But he won an impressive race for that he has earned a lot of respect.”