Dauphiné Libéré 1: Haussler takes one away from Boonen

There was an upset winner in Stage 1 of the Dauphiné Libéré with Heinrich Haussler pipping Tom Boone

There was an upset winner in Stage 1 of the Dauphiné Libéré with Heinrich Haussler pipping Tom Boone
PIC: Heinrich Haussler - Gerolsteiner (Tim De Waele) To the victor goes the spoils, and in the case of today's Dauphin Libr stage 1, the spoiler was victorious, as Gerolsteiner's Heinrich Haussler surprised pre-race favorite Tom Boonen (Quickstep-Innergetic), and possibly himself, judging by the finish line photo. Australian Graeme Brown (Rabobank) led the sprint, smelling victory, before being passed by Haussler, then Boonen. Time trial specialist Bradley Wiggins (Cofidis) maintained his overall race lead. "Mad...That went perfectly for me," said the delighted Haussler at the finish. "The team was super in keeping me out of the wind. Even though I've already won a stage in the Vuelta, this win is very important for me and my self confidence, because I've beaten riders like Tom Boonen and Thor Hushovd." Haussler's win didn't shake up the overall standings, as there are no time bonuses in this edition of the Dauphin. These were eliminated because of safety concerns, meaning that Cofidis had more incentive to protect their overall race leader Bradley Wiggins. They did this by going on the offensive in the first part of the 219km stage between Grenoble and Roanne. Wiggins's teammate Sylvain Chavanel attacked in the col de Parmnie at kilometre 27 and brought six riders with him: Sylvain Calzati (Ag2r), Grischa Niermann (Rabobank), Xabier Zandio and Nicolas Portal (Caisse d'Epargne), Rmi Pauriol (Crdit Agricole) and Frantisek Rabon (T-Mobile). The peloton closed the gap near the top of the climb, but the polka-dot wearing Chavanel maintained his belligerent pace for the points at the summit. Portal and Pauriol stayed with him then attacked on the descent, leaving Chavanel to be absorbed by the bunch. By kilometre 115, the two new leaders had amassed an incredible 9'35" advantage. Cofidis knew it had to protect the leader's yellow jersey, and sliced the leader's advantage to under a minute with 22 kilometres to go. Pre-race favourite Boonen lined up his tow-rope to the finish with 15 kilometres remaining, only for his teammates to suffer two untimely mechanicals, leaving the Quick.Step man to go it alone against the other sprinters. In the end, he didn't quite get there as Haussler won the day. 2007 Dauphin Libr Stage 1: Grenoble to Roanne( 219km) Results 1 Heinrich Haussler (Ger, Gerolsteiner) 5:35:05 (39.214 km/h) 2 Tom Boonen (Bel, Quickstep-Innergetic) 3 Graeme Brown (Aus, Rabobank) 4 Sbastien Chavanel (Fra, Franaise Des Jeux) 5 Andr Greipel (Ger, T-Mobile) 6 Thor Hushovd (Nor, Crdit Agricole) 7 Sebastian Siedler (Ger, Milram) 8 Leonardo Duque (Col, Cofidis) 9 Peter Wrolich (Aut, Gerolsteiner) 10 Manuel Quinziato (Ita, Liquigas) 11 Roberto Petito (Ita, Liquigas) 12 Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz, Crdit Agricole) 13 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr, Liquigas) 14 Enrico Franzoi (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 15 Volodymyr Dyudya (Ukr, Milram) General classification after stage 1 1 Bradley Wiggins (Gbr, Cofidis) 5:39:55 (39.398 km/h) 2 Levi Leipheimer (USA, Discovery Channel) 00:00:01 3 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz, Astana) 00:00:02 4 George Hincapie (USA, Discovery Channel) 5 Alejandro Valverde (Spa, Caisse d'Epargne) 00:00:03 6 David Zabriskie (USA, Team CSC) 7 Tom Boonen (Bel, Quickstep-Innergetic) 00:00:04 8 Nick Nuyens (Bel, Cofidis) 00:00:05 9 Egoi Mart¡nez (Spa, Discovery Channel) 10 Sbastien Joly (Fra, Franaise Des Jeux) 00:00:06 11 David Millar (Gbr, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 12 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra, Cofidis) 13 Stef Clement (Ned, Bouygues Telecom) 00:00:07 14 Volodymyr Dyudya (Ukr, Milram) 15 Thomas Voeckler (Fra, Bouygues Telecom)
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