Germany's Heinrich Haussler Wins Lucky Stage 13

Cycling : Tour de France 2009 / Stage 13

On a 200km stage, Oakley’s Heinrich Haussler (Cervélo TestTeam) was off the front for 195km. Most important, he was off the front at the very end of the day.

Haussler went clear with six others just 5km into a rainy day that featured five categorized climbs. After 60km it was only he, Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) and Ruben Perez Moreno (Euskaltel-Euskadi) off the front. After Perez Moreno was dropped on a climb, and Chavanel was dropped on a slippery descent, Haussler simply put his head down and went it alone.

“I love this type of weather," said Haussler, an Australian-born German. The stage finished just a few kilometers from the German border.

Amets Txurruka (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and stage 7 winner Brice Feillu (Agritubel) attacked on the Col du Platzerwasel and stayed clear to take second and third, respectively.

Oakley’s Rinaldo Nocentini (Ag2r) finished safely inside the peloton, which crossed the line nearly seven minutes behind Haussler, to retain his leader’s jersey.

The Oakley battle for the Green Jersey continued as Mark Cavendish suffered on the climbs and conceded his green jersey back to Thor Huschovd, who finished sixth.


Tess Weaver


July 17, 2009