74th Tour de Suisse - Stage 4 Reactions
Team & Rider Comments on the stage and crash at the finish - Heinrich Haussler
injury update - out of Swiss tour, and more...
June 12 - 20, 2010
Alessandro Petacchi Lucky
After hree months without victories, Ale Jet's bad luck ended suddenly with the
victory in the 4th stage of Tour de Suisse; The Lampre-Farnese Vini's athlete
claimedthe victory in a sprint characterized by a massive crash, caused by a
contact between Cavendish and Haussler, both were well positioned for a top
After the long breakaway of Brice Feillu had been neutralized, in the bunch
the battle between the attackers and the sprinters' team began, and the latter
won i so, the end of the stage ended in a massive sprint. The crash didn't
involve Petacchi, who was sprinting on the other side of the road;
Alessandro preceded Breschel and Marcato. Our only rider involved in the crash
was Spilak after he stopped short he hit he the ground but without
Ale-Jet, Breschel and Marcato avoid the mayhem - Milrams Ciolek falls as
Haussler rolls attempting to get our of the way. Petacchi never raised his arms
in victory as he crossed the line. Photo © 2010 Fotoreporter
Alessandro Petacchi on his win...
"I obtained the victory at the end of a jerky final part of race, characterized
by the bad crash. I chose the right side of the road for my sprint and it was
really the" right: side, since it allowed me to to avoid the crash: I was
turning my head sometimes in order to look at my opponents on the other side and
suddenly I saw a strange movement and I heard a strong sound of crash. I went on
pedaling and I won. I don't know if I could have won even without the crash, but
I'm sorry that Cavendish, Haussler and Ciolek could not compete until the finish
line. Anyway, I lived a very unlucky period until now, today I had good luck".
Matti Breschel Second After Horrible Crash in Mass Sprint
Team Saxo Bank's Matti Breschel demonstrated exquisite skills in the
position battle and finished second on today's stage. The mass sprint was marred
by a terrible crash including Mark Cavendish (Columbia) and Heinrich Haussler
(Cervelo) and unfortunately, they brought down several other top sprinters in
Caisse d'Epargne's Coyot Arnaud was taken away in an ambulance, here he gets
medical help. Photo © 2010 Fotoreporter
Team Saxo Bank's Matti Breschel navigated around the crash and finished the
stage on second place after Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre) who didn't celebrate
crossing the finish line first.
Danish national champion, Matti Breschel on the
”It was a crazy finale and I'm happier avoiding a close encounter with the
asphalt than I am about finishing second. Naturally, I would never have finished
second if the crash didn't happen but I would have finished in the top five.
However, the stage and the finale showed me that the shape is coming along after
a long break from racing and finishing with the best sprinters today, gives me
great confidence. My current condition will hopefully enable me to defend my
Danish national championship even though that race is particularly hard to win.
Besides the World Cup jersey the Danish national jersey is by far the most
beautiful of the peloton and it would certainly be an honor wearing it for
another year. More importantly, it has to stay with the Team.”
Heinrich Haussler, his face swathed in pain... Photo © 2010 Fotoreporter
Cervélo Test Team
Heinrich Haussler - Out of Tour de Suisse
Heinrich Haussler was involved in a finish line crash today along
with Mark Cavendish (GBR-HTC Columbia), Gerard Ciolek (GER- Milram), Tom Boonen
(BEL-Quick Step) Lloyd Mondory (FRA-AG2R La Mondiale) among others who were also
involved in the late fourth stage crash at the Tour de Suisse.
D.S. Marcello Alabsini
“Today’s stage was flatter, quite a change from the first two, and it probably
would have ended in a bunch sprint. It was quite an easy day with just one rider
in the front, Brice Feillu, who was in the break for almost 170 km. We decided
to wait and see what might happen in the final laps because there were also two
climbs. After the climbs we decided to go for Heinrich again in the bunch
sprint. Brett Lancaster (AUS) and Jeremy Hunt (GBR) had the task to stay with
him. Brett had a puncture in the final but was able to come back. Brett and
Jeremy did a great job and brought him into a good position before the sprint.
It looked pretty good for Heinrich until the final, at the finish line when he
crashed after Mark Cavendish drove into him. It’s a shame because Heinrich could
have won the stage today and with the crash we also lost the points jersey.”
Heinrich Haussler on the crash...
“I didn’t see Cavendish coming. He drove into my wheel and before I
knew it, went down and was lying on the ground. I could have won the stage
Heinrich Haussler gets up after the crash. Photo © 2010 Fotoreporter
“Heinrich was taken to the hospital for an examination and stitches”, said
Team Doctor Lorenz Emmert. “He has a deep wound
on his right elbow and will need to rest for a few days now.”
Luis León Sánchez - "Feel better every day"
Luis León Sánchez is recovering every day from the accident that happened on
June 2 and is taking advantage of the demanding stages of the Tour de Suisse to
try and get the ideal condition before the start of the Tour de France that will
start next July 3 from Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
“I am feeling better every day,” Luis said this evening in Wettingen after
the fourth stage which finished in a chaotic sprint where most of the riders who
were trying to win the stage and Cavendish, Haussler and Boonen were the victims
of a crash.
“Yesterday I attacked in the final part of the stage at about eleven
kilometers from the finish line. I did it for two reasons. The first one is that
I wanted to know how I was really feeling. The second is the fact that we knew
our team had a chance to win that stage.”
“Team-mate Rigoberto Uran wanted to try something and it was better to have a
rider of the team ahead than chase behind one or more escapees. Rigoberto
finished second but at least we did our best to try and do win, because we knew
that in case we had to face a sprint José Joaquín Rojas was also able to win;
and today he showed again he is in great condition by taking fourth.”
“I had very bad days in the prologue and the first stage. I almost could not
breathe and of course the rain and the cold weather did not help. But yesterday
and today I began having good feelings again. I hope I will improve tomorrow too
before the terrible mountain stage on Thursday.”
Mark Cavendish looks a bit shell shocked after the crash. Photo © 2010 Fotoreporter
Cavenish Crashes - Xrays Next
Mark Cavendish suffered a crash in the Tour de Suisse Tuesday, but team doctors
say after an initial exam he does not seem to be seriously injured.
The 25-year-old rider was at the head of the field sprinting for the win when
the crash occurred, and Cavendish fell to the ground at high speed. HTC-Columbia
team doctors said after a first checkup that Cavendish's worst injuries are that
he suffered from severe road rash and major bruising. The rider will undergo
x-ray examination as a precautionary measure.
HTC-Columbia teammate Tony Martin continues in the lead of the Tour de Suisse
for a second consecutive stage.
Team Quick Step
Tom Boonen hits left knee during crash
Today Tom Boonen was involved in a fall with just a few metres to go until the
finish line in the fourth stage in the Tour of Suisse, fortunately without
important consequences. In the fall the Belgian Champion from Team Quick Step
retained a trauma to his left knee, the same he hurt in the crash in California
few weeks ago.
Tom Boonen on the crash and consequences..
"The consequences of the fall could have been worse. Fortunately I realized
right off that riders in front of me were falling and I managed to reduce my
speed significantly. But a rider hit me from behind and I ended up on the
ground, hitting my left knee. The knee hurts a little but tomorrow I will be at
the starting line for the stage hoping that the problem doesn't get worse during
Team Quick Step was in the front at the finish, guiding Tom Boonen in a good
position for the sprint. A massive crash disturbed the plans of most sprinters,
except that of Alessandro Petacchi who took the stage win. Dries Devenyns
finished 10th and stays 5th in the overall rankings, which is led by Tony
Gerald Ciolek involved in crash at finish line
Milram captain Gerald Ciolek was involved in a crash in the last meters before
the finish line on the fourth stage of the Tour de Suisse and thus missed out on a podium place. He was in the lead in the
closing sprint when Mark Cavendish (HTC-Columbia) and Heinrich Haussler (Cervelo
TestTeam) pushed themselves ahead of the 23-year old at the last second, causing
the mass crash and the unhappy end of the stage.
Ciolek was lucky enough to come away with scrapes and bruises and a big
scare. Alessandro Pettachi (Lampre), who had been in a hopeless position, took
advantage of the crash to win the stage.
Grabsch.on the final kilometer
We rode a good finale. Gerald Ciolek was in an optimal position at the finish..
It may not have been enough for a victory, but a podium placing was certain. In
the end, of course, we are just happy that Gerald wasn't injured. Tomorrow's
stage has another category three climb 10 kilometers before the finish, and then
there is an ascending finale. We hope we will have our next chance for a top
Direct from the first kilometer, Milram's Björn Schröder took off and tried to
get away from the field with three other riders. The potential group was caught
again immediately. But as they were caught, another rider took off in a solo
effort. Frenchman Brice Feillu (Vacansoleil) got away at km 10 and built up a
lead of up to more than nine minutes.
Feillu was caught again 25 km
before the finish, shortly before the first intermediate sprint of the day.
Milram's Matthias Russ tried to get away, but was trapped in the peloton and was
thus unable to gather points or defend his blue jersey. The rest of the stage,
including another sprint and the second and final climb of the day (category
three), was marked by multiple attacks. The field was alert and defended itself
against all attacks, leading to the mass sprint.
BMC Racing Team
Morabito Closer To The Lead
Steve Morabito of the BMC Racing Team continued his climb up the overall
standings at the Tour de Suisse Tuesday by winning a time bonus sprint that also
earned him the intermediate sprints jersey.
BMC Racing Team Director Sportif John Lelangue
The seconds Morabito gained on overall leader Tony Martin (HTC-Columbia) moved
the Swiss from eighth to sixth place (11 seconds behind) with five stages left.
"The plan was not to lose time in the final laps and take good position,"
said. "But once the opportunity came, we decided to go and Steve had good help
from Karsten Kroon." Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre) won the stage as a major crash
before the finish line took down several riders, including BMC Racing Team's
Alex Moos, who was not seriously hurt.
Stage 3 Reactions
Milram's Matthias Ruß easily defended the blue jersey of the best sprinter in
the third stage Allrounder Fabian Wegmann rode competitively and showed that he
is recovered from his injury, setting accents in the finale. Wegmann,
Johannes Fröhlinger and Milram captain Gerald Ciolek reached the finish with the
decimated main field.
D.S. Ralf Grabsch on the finish...
"The finale was in effect a bit too hard for Gerald Ciolek and for Fabian
Wegmann today. We
had hoped that Fabian or Gerald could stay at the front, but the top favorites
and climbing specialists turned on the speed and gave us no chance. Now we need
to look to tomorrow. The stage will again be rolling and we hope that we will
have our chance there.“
Dominic Nerz Out
Even before the stage started, Team Milram had to accept a blow. Youngster
Dominik Nerz, who had been involved in a crash on the final descent yesterday,
was not allowed to start by the Tour de Suisse official doctor. The 20-year-old
had suffered a severe concussion and was under medical observation overnight and
in the hours leading up to the race.
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June 13 - 21
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Stage 2: Davos - Davos
Stage 3 Davos - Lumino
Biasca - Stäfa 197 km
Stage 5: Stäfa
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Stage 6: Oberriet -
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Stage 7: Bad Zurzach -
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Stage 8: Le
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Stage 9: Bern
- Bern ITT 38.5 km
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