Young Australo-German Heinrich Haussler, who won stage 19 of this year's Vuelta a España, continued his impressive performances amongst the top pros at yesterday's Züri Metzgete in Switzerland. Finishing seventh behind the Italian winner Paolo bettini, the 21 year-old neo pro put his unknown name up in the results lists once again.
"An incredible performance," said Gerolsteiner team manager Hans-Michael Holczer after the race. "The kid is sensational." Haussler, who jumped in a breakaway with his teammate Andrea Moletta about half way through the 204 kilometer event, managed to hold on as it disintegrated and come into the finish 3.39 minutes after Bettini.
"In the finale, everybody [in the break] had difficulties, it was on and off. Some fell out of the group in front, some caught it from behind," added Holczer, who saw his team move up on seventh place in the ProTour team rankings.