Haussler: In Paris-Roubaix, anything can happen

Recovered from his knee injury, Heinrich Haussler at the training camp

No Classic smiles upon the outsider with quite the same regularity as Paris-Roubaix , which only makes the ill fortune it doles out seem all the more cruel. Perhaps as many as a third of the 175 riders who retire to their hotel rooms in the hinterland of Compiègne on Saturday evening will privately allow themselves to think, "Maybe, just maybe," only to be jarringly disabused of the notion by some mishap or another on Sunday afternoon. The road to Roubaix is paved with broken dreams, but Heinrich Haussler ( Bahrain-Merida ) has more reason than most dreamers to believe in his chances in the Hell of the North. The Australian's pedalling has drawn admiring glances from his peers in the peloton over the past two weeks in Flanders, and, despite all his injury and bad luck over the years, he has a real pedigree in this race. As a ...

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