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Grabsch takes a hike

Bert Grabsch (High Road) is usually strong in the time trials, but is suffering the aftermath of a sinus infection

Bert Grabsch (High Road) is usually strong in the time trials, but is suffering the aftermath of a sinus infection (Image credit: João Dias)

By Susan Westemeyer

Bert Grabsch is 32 years old and has been a pro cyclist for 10 years, so he thought he had seen it all. But the Team High Road rider had a new experience in the third stage of Tirreno-Adriatico last week.

"That has never before happened to me in my whole career," he wrote on his website, bertgrabsch.de. "I climbed down from my bike and marched 100 metres by foot up the Montelupone. The cause was the crash of a motorcycle directly in front of our group. I had to get off and decided just to continue walking. It was a bad mountain. But it was fun to walk up it. I took this premiere with humour."

It's a good thing he kept his sense of humour. "Actually, Tirreno-Adriatico was supposed to be my first season highlight." But since he was recovering from a severe sinus infection, he knew things wouldn't go as planned. "Things went well on the flat, but I just wasn't strong enough on the climbs. I had especially hoped for a better result than 18th in the time trial. I was disappointed, but knew that I couldn't expect any miracles."

Grabsch's next race will be next Monday, Rund um Köln.

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