BERLIN, May 28, 2014 (AFP) – “It was raining heavily and the head wind was also very strong,” said the
“I focused fully on the final stretch and I realised that I still had good
“I was in a good position on the final corner and I pulled through.”
Australia’s Heinrich Haussler won therain-affected opening stage of the Tour of Bavaria on Wednesday after beating
Belarus’ Yauheni Hutarovich and another Australian Steele von Hoff in a sprint
Haussler, a sprint specialist, took the 204.6km stage for his team IAM
Cycling and claimed the yellow jersey, but admitted conditions had been tough
on the route between Vilshofen and Freilassing.
A three-man escape of German riders had pulled clear of the peloton, but
their six-minute lead was not enough and they were caught with six kilometres
left to go.
Haussler says he expects a hard fight to defend the lead during Thursday’s
164.7km second stage from Freilassing up to the ski resort of Reit im Winkl.
“I’ll do my best, but I don’t think I can defend the yellow jersey,” said
Haussler, who is better suited to Sunday’s flat-stage finish in Nuremberg.