Alcohol involved in Heinrich Haussler car crash, team says

No one was injured in the two-car crash Saturday evening, but Cervelo TestTeam says the German rider was over the legal alcohol limit.

The Cervelo TestTeam announced Sunday that Heinrich Haussler’s blood alcohol level was over the legal limit when he was involved in a car crash in Germany Saturday night.

No one was injured in the two-car incident,although the team said “both cars sustained considerable damage.”

The accident occurred as Haussler made his way home after a party in Freiburg on Saturday night.

“The police took him in for questioning and tests concluded that his blood-alcohol level was over the legal limit,” the team statement read.

Haussler had dropped out of the Tour of California on Thursday over concerns about a lingering knee injury. He crashed twice in the California race and returned to Germany to have his knee examined.

“I want to apologize to my teammates and the entire Cervélo TestTeam and in particular to our fans and partners,” the 26-year-old said in a team statement. “I was extremely disappointed about my early return from the Tour of California because of my knee problems and needed a diversion. That said, there is no excuse for my behavior. It was irresponsible and unprofessional and I deeply regret my actions.”

The team statement ended on a stern note.

“Cervélo TestTeam does not condone his behavior and has full confidence in the German authorities to take the appropriate action. At the same time, the team will work with Heinrich to make sure he understands the consequences of his actions and the appropriate behavior required of him in the future.”