Heinrich Haussler

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Heinrich Haussler
Isbergues - Grand Prix d'Isbergues, 21 septembre 2014 (B049).JPG
Haussler in 2014
Personal information
Full name Heinrich Haussler
Nickname Beans, Barbie, Heino
Born (1984-02-25) 25 February 1984 (age 33)
Inverell, New South Wales, Australia
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 71 kg (157 lb)
Team information
Current team Bahrain–Merida
Discipline Road
Rider type Sprinter
Classics specialist
Professional team(s)
2005–2008 Gerolsteiner
2009–2010 Cervélo TestTeam
2011–2012 Garmin–Cervélo
2013–2016 IAM Cycling
2017– Bahrain–Merida
Major wins

Grand Tours

Tour de France
1 individual stage (2009)
Vuelta a España
1 individual stage (2005)

One-day races and Classics

National Road Race Championships (2015)

Heinrich Haussler (born 25 February 1984 in Inverell, Australia) is an Australian road racing cyclist of German heritage. Haussler races for UCI World Tour team Bahrain–Merida. He has won 2 stages in Grand Tours during his career, one at the 2005 Vuelta a España and another at the 2009 Tour de France. He is also a good Classics specialist, registering top results in notable classic races, and was the 2015 Australian national road race champion.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Haussler was born to a German father and Australian mother and raised in the town of Inverell, New South Wales, Australia, before leaving for Germany in 1998 at age 14 to pursue a dream of being a professional cyclist.[1][2]

Professional career[edit]

Haussler turned professional in 2005 and shot to prominence with a stage win in the 2005 Vuelta a España. Haussler took out five wins in 2006 and has had strong classics campaigns since then. He looks set to be a rider of the future in the classics, in 2009 coming in second in both the Tour of Flanders and Milan–San Remo, narrowly beaten in the latter by Mark Cavendish in a photo-finish. He also finished a strong 7th in the 2009 edition of Paris–Roubaix. Haussler's biggest victory so far was the win of Stage 13 in 2009 Tour de France.[3] Haussler lived in Cottbus starting in 1998, and in 2009 in Freiburg im Breisgau.[1]

Haussler riding in the Australian national champion's jersey in the 2015 Giro d'Italia

A dual Australian/German national, Haussler originally raced under a German license. However, in a 2008 interview on CyclingNews.com, he suggested that he would no longer race for Germany as he wished to compete for Australia in the 2010 UCI Road World Championships in Melbourne. When asked what he would do if chosen to race for Germany in the 2008 UCI Road World Championships or at the 2008 Olympics he stated, "I wouldn't take it. If you start for a country at the worlds there is a three year ban before you can ride for another."[4] The UCI, however, insisted that if Haussler wanted to ride for Australia he would have to give up his German citizenship, which the cyclist said in a November 2009 interview "is not open for debate at the moment".[5]

In July 2010, the Cervélo Test Team announced that Haussler would indeed give up his German citizenship and will ride for Australia in the future.[6] However, a nagging knee injury forced Haussler out of what would have been his international cycling debut for his birth country at the 2010 World Championships.[7]

On 26 August 2010, Haussler's employer, Cervélo Test Team, confirmed rumors that it would cease to exist after the end of the current season.[8] On 1 September 2010, it was announced he would be joining the Garmin–Cervélo for 2011.[9][10]

In the 2012 Tour of California, Haussler was denied victory on the four first stages of the race by Peter Sagan of the Liquigas–Cannondale squad, who beat him to the line each time. He would have to settle for second on every one of those stages.[11]

Haussler left Garmin–Sharp at the end of the 2012 season, and joined the new IAM Cycling team for the 2013 season.[12] In 2015 he won the Australian National Road Race Championships for the first time in his career.[13]

Career achievements[edit]

Major results[edit]

2005
1st Stage 19 Vuelta a España
3rd Overall Sachsen Tour
7th Zuri-Metzgete
2006
Vuelta a Murcia
1st Stages 1 & 5
Circuit Franco-Belge
1st Stages 2 & 4
1st Stage 3 Rheinland-Pfalz Rundfahrt
3rd Trofeo Mallorca
2007
1st Stage 1 Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
1st Stage 5 Internationale Niedersachsen–Rundfahrt
2008
1st Stage 1 Bayern–Rundfahrt
2009
Tour de France
1st Stage 13
Jersey red number.svg Combativity award Stage 13
Volta ao Algarve
1st Stages 1 & 5
1st GP Triberg-Schwarzwald
1st Stage 2 Paris–Nice
1st Stage 5 Tour du Poitou-Charentes
2nd Milan–San Remo
2nd Tour of Flanders
2nd Neuseen Classics
2nd Overall Tour of Qatar
1st Jersey white.svg Sprints classification
1st Jersey blue.svg Young rider classification
3rd Grand Prix of Aargau Canton
4th Dwars door Vlaanderen
4th Sparkassen Giro Bochum
7th Paris–Roubaix
8th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
2010
1st Stage 2 Tour de Suisse
1st Jersey white.svg Sprints classification Tour of Qatar
2nd Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
3rd Grand Prix of Aargau Canton
2011
1st Stage 2 Tour of Beijing
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification Paris–Nice
2nd Overall Tour of Qatar
1st Jersey white.svg Points classification
1st Stages 2 & 3
7th E3 Prijs Vlaanderen
2012
3rd GP Ouest–France
4th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
7th Vattenfall Cyclassics
2013
1st Stage 5 Bayern–Rundfahrt
4th Gent–Wevelgem
4th Paris–Bourges
6th Tour of Flanders
6th Paris–Tours
2014
1st Stage 1 Bayern–Rundfahrt
3rd Grand Prix d'Isbergues
5th Paris–Tours
2015
1st MaillotAustralia.PNG Road race, National Road Championships
5th People's Choice Classic
7th Paris–Tours
8th Overall Tour of Qatar
9th Grand Prix of Aargau Canton
10th Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race
2016
6th Paris–Roubaix
7th Milan–San Remo

Classics results timeline[edit]

This chart shows Heinrich Haussler's progress in the classics he mostly participated in.

Year Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Milan–San Remo E3 Harelbeke Tour of Flanders Paris–Roubaix Paris–Tours
2005 89th 25th 42th
2006 35th 73rd
2007 DNF 107th DNF DSQ
2008 DNF 129th 25th 90th 58th 56th
2009 8th 2nd 16th 2nd 6th
2010 2nd DNF
2011 18th 7th 61st DNF
2012 4th 68th 93rd 30th 32nd
2013 19th 13th 11th 6th 11th 6th
2014 79th 68th 81st 91st 5th
2015 33rd 80th 84th 26th 80th 7th
2016 66th 7th 16th DNF 6th

DNF = Did not finish; - = Did not compete

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