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Haselbacher disappointed

By:
Shane Stokes in Bern
Published:
June 19, 2006, 00:00,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 22:17
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Latest Cycling News for June 19, 2006
Race:
Tour de France

Gerolsteiner's René Haselbacher is disappointed not to have been nominated to ride the Tour de...

Gerolsteiner's René Haselbacher is disappointed not to have been nominated to ride the Tour de France for the second year in a row. "It went just like last year, but with the little difference that this year I presented myself well," he wrote on his personal website.

"Besides winning the Rheinland-Pfalz Rundfahrt, where I also won a stage, I had two placings at the Bayern Rundfahrt and the Vuelta a Catalunya, as well as a third place in the Pfalz. All together I've had thirteen Top Ten finishes from the Tour of Qatar to the Tour de Suisse. That's not really a bad balance."

But 'Hasi' knows that the General Classification is too great a goal for his team this year. "I have shown that I can do it, but the team tactic is totally concentrated on Leipheimer and Totschnig," he continued.

What's next for the Austrian sprinter? First of all, a short rest period before starting the second half of the season. "It's clear to me that I will fully concentrate on the World Championships in Salzburg in the middle of September," Haselbacher added. "And it looks like I will ride the Vuelta as preparation, that worked out well last year."

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