• Heinrich Haussler at the 2016 Paris-Roubaix where he finished sixth (Getty). (Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
Heinrich Haussler has dismissed foreign media reports that link him to Giant-Alpecin for 2017 and said his future remains uncertain with current team IAM folding at the end of the year.
By
Sophie Smith

Source:
Cycling Central
19 Aug 2016 - 12:17 PM 

Haussler has this month been linked to Giant-Alpecin while statistics website Cycling Quotient has on his rider profile page published Bora-Hansgrohe (currently Bora-Argon 18) as the 32-year old’s future destination.

Both German-registered teams would stand as a good fit for the 2015 Australian national road champion, who has German heritage. The Inverell-born Haussler competed under a German licence up until 2010 when he sacrificed it for an Australian one in an effort to represent the country at the UCI Road World Championships in Geelong, Victoria.

Both teams have also bolstered their classics line-ups for 2017 signing Michael Matthews and reigning world champion Peter Sagan, respectively. Haussler has carved a name for himself as a classics specialist and has increasingly placed greater emphasis on one-day races throughout spring and the season at large.

Speaking to Cycling Central from Europe overnight, Haussler said he and his representation were in contract talks but added nothing had been signed in what is a buyer’s transfer market, flooded with riders due to the imminent closure of IAM and Tinkoff.

“I’m in a bit of a tight squeeze situation,” he said. “Once you start talking to teams in August they say, ‘we’re going to wait,’ which is just normal, how it is in cycling, especially with two teams closing. They’ll milk it because, for sure, in October there’s still going to be 40- 50 guys out there.

“I haven’t signed anything. I’m talking to a few teams, but talking doesn’t really mean anything.

“It would be better to already have something in the bag, especially now. I think differently now with a family, kids, you want more security. However, I have a good manager.”

Haussler will return to racing at Hamburg this weekend and is banking on a strong showing there and at the back end of the season, including the October Road World Championships in Qatar, to help him seal a two-year deal.

“I was going to build-up for these races with or without a contract. I know my form is okay, as long as I don’t crash or have bad luck, so I’m not super worried,” he said.

“There’s not much racing left really and to be in form this late in the season you also have to be very motivated.

"I build my season in two parts so it’s not like I’m hanging on waiting for the season to end. This weekend it starts again.”

Haussler has recovered from a stomach problem, which he likened to food poisoning, that forced him to abandon the Tour of Utah earlier this month. He stayed on in the U.S. to train at altitude and has since tapered in Europe where he has been working with new science-based trainer Daniel Healey over the past 12 months.

“Over the years, growing up in east Germany, I’ve always done my old school, six to seven-hour, big gear, low cadence [training rides],” he said. “I had to change something. It hasn’t been a massive jump but these things take time. I can see the gains.

“That’s why I’m also on the edge,” he continued. “I’d like to go another two years and give it a shot because after that it’s done. It’s not like you wake up and you’re 20 years old and you can have another shot.”