Eisel enjoying the Australian sun

By Susan Westemeyer Bernhard Eisel of Team High Road has been in Australia since January 11...

By Susan Westemeyer

Bernhard Eisel of Team High Road has been in Australia since January 11 preparing for the Tour Down Under – or at least, that is the official reason he is there. "I don't really care about the race. I'm just here to train and enjoy the sun," he said half-jokingly.

Writing on his website, eisel.com, the Austrian noted, "The important thing is that I get ready here for the races in Europe. My form is good, but the intensity is missing. But I ought to get enough of that in a week of racing."

The 26 year-old may consider the sprint stages in the Tour Down Under. "We'll see. Besides, we have two other fast men with us, André Greipel and Greg Henderson. And for the overall title we have the Australian time trial champion and road runner-up, Adam Hansen. He is in outstanding condition and has very good chances for the overall victory."

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