Cyclingnews weekly podcast: Episode 6

The revenge of Heinrich Haussler?

The start of the 2009 Tour of Flanders

This week’s Cyclingnews weekly podcast number 6 is coming to you from Ghent, Belgium, the nerve centre of the cobbled classics.

Advertisement editor Daniel Benson and European editor Gregor Brown analyse past, past and future: the Tour of Flanders, Ghent-Wevelgem and Paris-Roubaix.

Being fickle media types, we wrote off Cervelo Testteam’s Heinrich Haussler in Episode 5. His performance in the E3 Prijs was sub-par and we figured he wouldn’t return to full form in the Tour of Flanders. He was finished, done for, last week’s news, we thought.

How wrong we were.

The Australian-born German-based rider proved that he’s still got good legs by finishing second in Flanders behind winner Stijn Devolder (Quick.Step). Can he now challenge for the Paris-Roubaix crown?

And what of Edvald Boasson Hagen, surprise winner of Ghent-Wevelgem on Wednesday? Despite losing Mark Cavendish early on in the race, Columbia-Highroad still came away with the spoils in this mid-week classic with their man Hagen making light work of Aleksandr Kuschynski in their two man sprint. We spoke to Columbia-Highroad team manager Bob Stapleton just after the finish for his reaction to his talented Norwegian protégé.

We have all that and a little more in Episode 6 of the Cyclingnews weekly podcast.

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  • April 9: Tour of Flanders, Heinrich Haussler’s return to form, Ghent-Wevelgem, Bob Stapleton air time and Paris-Roubaix
  • April 1: E3 Prijs, Heinrich Haussler’s form slump, track worlds and Lance’s metal implants
  • March 26: Jens Voigt, Milan-San Remo, Mark Cavendish, Heinrich Haussler, David Millar, Lance Armstrong and the track worlds
  • March 19: Tour de France teams, Paris-Nice, Tirreno-Adriatico, Milan-San Remo preview and Heinrich Haussler
  • March 12: Paris-Nice mid-race, Tirreno-Adriatico preview and Heinrich Haussler
  • March 5: Valverde summonsed, Belgian opening weekend and Heinrich Haussler