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by Matt de Neef
March 27, 2017
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Greg Van Avermaet wins men’s Gent-Wevelgem; Lotta Lepisto takes out women’s Gent-Wevelgem; Alejandro Valverde victorious in the Volta a Catalunya; Lilian Calmejane wins Coppi e Bartali; Edwin Avila takes opening-day honours in the Tour de Taiwan; Kristof Allegaert leads Indian Pacific Wheel Race towards Melbourne; Cadel Evans and George Hincapie win masters category at Cape Epic MTB race; Heinrich Haussler to miss the Spring Classics with ongoing knee injury; Bradley Wiggins on Sky’s ‘load of rubbish’ marginal gains philosophy; At 50, Mario Cipollini looks back on his career; Riders injured as car ‘drives into cycle race’ in Berlin; Trigger Happy’s angry cyclist on Comic Relief.
Former Australian champion Heinrich Haussler is yet to race with his new Bahrain-Merida team, and the 33-year-old’s debut could still be some time off.
Haussler has been sidelined by a knee injury sustained in a crash last year, and his team announced over the weekend that he would miss all of the Spring Classics. Haussler underwent arthroscopic surgery in December but needs further recovery after a training camp in January “caused a significant slowdown of the recovery program”, according to his team.
“All I can really say is that I still have problems with my knee and I’m doing many different therapies, exercises and physio to try to resolve the problem so I can start racing again,” Haussler said in a team press release. “It has been going on for many months now but I am doing everything possible to get back to a level where I can start racing again.
“I’m back on bike at the moment and small steps have been made but I will still need some more time to heal 100 per cent.”