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Trampusch vs the forester

By Susan Westemeyer

Gerd Trampusch, of the new Wiesenof-Akud team, had a run-in with an Austrian forester at the weekend -- and lost. Trampusch was out on his mountain bike in the Wienerwald, when the forester's auto came up behind him. "I thought he wanted to pass me, then it went boom. He ploughed right into my rear tire at about 30 km/hour," said the 27-year-old, who suffered scrapes, bruises and a bloody knee. His bike was totalled. Trampusch has already filed a complaint against the forester, who said he took his action because mountain biking is forbidden in the Weinerwald as of November 1.

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