Haussler "helped" by a gendarme

How did Gerolsteiner's neo-pro Heinrich Haussler end up being dead last in yesterday's Dauphine Libéré prologue? All Haussler wanted to do was cross the street to get the start on time - but a "helpful" Gendarme wouldn't allow him to go over the barriers. So Haussler had to go the long way around, and the detour made him two minutes late to the start.

"It's irritating, when you take away the stress and he lost two minutes, then he's pretty far forward in the GC! He may be in the last place right now, but he's still got pretty good chances," said Gerolsteiner spokesman Mathias Wieland.

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