Tour of Bavaria Stage 1 Ends In A Sprint

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BERLIN, May 28, 2014 (AFP) – “It was raining heavily and the head wind was also very strong,” said the
30-year-old.

“I focused fully on the final stretch and I realised that I still had good
legs.

“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
finish.

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.

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