Heinrich Haussler Grabs Second Tour de France Stage Victory for Cervelo TestTeam

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07/17/2009| 0 comments
by Gerald Churchill
Thor Hushovd sprinting for points at today's finish line. Photo copyright Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Thor Hushovd sprinting for points at today's finish line. Photo copyright Fotoreporter Sirotti.

Heinrich Haussler Grabs Second Tour de France Stage Victory for Cervelo TestTeam

Haussler snuck into a winning breakaway and then dropped everyone on the bumpy 200 kilometer 13th stage from Vittel to Colmar to claim his first career Tour stage victory more than four minutes clear of his chasers.

the steep first-category Col du Platzerwasel with 61.5 kilometers to go.

Arch-rival Mark Cavendish (Team Columbia-HTC) didn't make it over the climbs in time and finished in the gruppetto more than 23 minutes in arrears, missing out on all points. Hushovd now leads with 205 points to Cavendish's 200.

"I will never give up on the green jersey. Yesterday I was just a little bit frustrated when I said that. I will go 100 percent all the way to Paris to fight for the green jersey," Hushovd said. Now that we're in the mountains, it will be a little bit better for me. I knew this stage was going to be tough. My teammates helped me get up the steep climb. Once I knew I was over the hardest climb, it really helped my morale to get to the line."

The 96th Tour rolls on Saturday with the 199km 14th stage from Colmar to Besancon. The route pushes south over two relatively minor climbs and could be another opportunity for the sprinters if a breakaway doesn't stay clear.

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