Haussler second again on Tour of California
Another day, another stage but same result for Heinrich Haussler who is desperate for wins as he chases a coveted spot on Australia’s Olympic road cycling team.
For the third straight day Haussler had to settle for a second-place finish behind Slovakian sprinter Peter Sagan on the Tour of California on Tuesday (Wednesday AEST).
Sagan surged to the front in the final 100 metres, swinging to the right to edge out Haussler and win the 185.6km third stage from San Jose to Livermore, with Belgian star Tom Boonen third.
Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) leads Haussler (Garmin-Barracuda) by 12 seconds in the overall standings with five stages of the eight-day race remaining.
Haussler told cyclingnews.com when the tour started that his team was chasing the general classification so he’d have to do his own thing in the sprints.
“But if you look at my past results, I’ve shown that I can find my own way,” he said.
Not happy with his season leading up to the tour, he’d gone back to basics as he pursues the difficult goal of securing a berth at the London Olympics.
“I’ve been at altitude training and now I’ll race here, go back to altitude, then do Tour de Suisse and then do more training,” Haussler said.
“I’ve got to get some massive results to qualify for the Olympics.”© AAP 2013