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by Shane Stokes
September 21, 2017
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Although he has just ten days of racing to his credit this year, Heinrich Haussler has insisted that his selection for the Elite world road race championships was justified and pledged to be in the running right until the finish.
“I can understand how some people might think … ‘why didn’t they take someone else?’” he said, according to SBS. “But Bling [Matthews] and I, we work well together. It’s not about taking guys who were good in January, or February or March. I honestly believe I’ll be able to do the job and I’ll be there to the end. “It could also be the case that he [Matthews] wanted to have me there. I’m not sure.”
Haussler lost much of the season due to a knee injury he sustained last autumn. He has undergone several surgical procedures and also been held back by a premature return to racing in May.
The 33-year-old’s selection was questioned this month when he was named to a complete men’s squad, while the women’s road race selection initially lacked two riders. A successful appeal was lodged by the latter group, which now numbers seven.
Encouragingly for Haussler, his knee has suddenly improved and the sensations of discomfort which persisted have now vanished. He is feeling optimistic. “I’m very fit,” he said. “My numbers are very good but obviously I’m missing that racing condition – jumping out of corners at high, top-end power, speed. But it’s been something I’ve been working on in training a lot.”
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