Heinrich Haussler has been diagnosed with a viral infection and ordered to rest for four to six weeks, Gerolsteiner announced today. The up-and-coming youngster has three wins so far this season, but the last few weeks couldn't even train well, much less do well in races. "I feel permanently weak and wrung out," the 22-year-old said before the Bayern Rundfahrt, in which he had to cancel his appearance.
This week he got the word from team doctor Ernest Jakob, who ordered the youngster to cut back on his activities. "Heinrich must cut his training way back for the next four to six weeks. A reduction of physical activity is a central part of the therapy," Jakob said. "After that we'll see how he's doing. Of course that means he will unfortunately have to cancel his appearance in the German national road race on Sunday."