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Kohl shows his climbing ability

By:
Laura Weislo in San Jose, California
Published:
February 21, 2008, 0:00 GMT,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 21:17 BST
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Latest Cycling News, February 21, 2008

After having Heinrich Haussler show his sprinting capabilities, it was the turn of the climbers on...

After having Heinrich Haussler show his sprinting capabilities, it was the turn of the climbers on stage 3 of the Tour of California, to show what they are made of. Gerolsteiner was happy to see their Austrian Bernhard Kohl in the main group that reached the finish in San Jose 19 seconds after the leading duo of Robert Gesink and Levi Leipheimer.

DS Michael Rich was once again satisfied with the team. "I am very happy with Bernhard's performance." There was a bit of confusion, as the time keepers confused Kohl with team-mate Oliver Zaugg of Switzerland. "Olli is placed ahead of Kohl in the rankings, but I will get that resolved," Rich continued. Zaugg actually was 4'20" behind the winner, in 19th place. "Also a good result. Oliver actually went better than expected," Rich confirmed. "With Bernhard we had a man up front that we wanted to have up front."

Less good news came from some of his other riders. Green jersey wearer Heinrich Haussler, Fabian Wegmann and Johannes Fröhlinger are suffering from stomach problems. Rich added that "it seems to be a virus that is going through the peloton. For example, yellow jersey Tyler Farrar had to abandon on the third stage. But I hope time is playing for us and we can get a grip on it."

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