Andre Greipel blames German federation for World Champs fiasco
Oct 20 2016 05:47 pm CET

Andre Greipel blames German federation for World Champs fiasco
Andre Greipel blames German federation for World Champs fiasco
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ANDRé GREIPEL

Following the disappointing result at the UCI World Road Championships, German sprinter Andre Greipel believes that his national federation is to blame.

Talking to Belgium's Het Nieuwsblad, Greipel said that he and Marcel Kittel had been given an unfair treatment by the German Cycling Federation (BDR).

"First of all, it was unfair how Marcel and I were treated by the German federation ahead of the race. They played mental games with us," Greipel said.

"We weren't ourselves ahead of the World Championships. Last year in Richmond they said that it was for Degenkolb and this time it would be for me. That's what I relied on. But I ended up losing a lot of energy trying to prove that I was the leader of the team.

"I know better now. I should have done things the way I always do them because in the end it was all for nothing. Our federation is also responsible for many bad results in September. I know I had better sprints in my legs than this."

Greipel finished in 42nd place after ending up on the wrong side of a split in the peloton. He, Kittel and Degenkolb desperately tried to return to the front group but the gap between the two only increased.

"It was a disaster," he went on to say. "For the federation, for everybody. But I also learned from it for my life, for my kids. How do they say it? While two dogs are fighting for a bone, a third runs away with it."
Photo of Andre Greipel (cropped) by Lotto-Soudal





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