Andre Greipel: I knew that I won
Feb 18 2017 08:18 pm CET

Andre Greipel: I knew that I won

Andre Greipel knew right away that he had beaten his rivals for the victory in the fourth stage of the Volta ao Algarve on Saturday.

The German beat his compatriot John Degenkolb by mere millimeters and momentarily left those watching wondering who had won the stage.

The stage was expected to finish in a sprint but the escape group didn't make it easy for the peloton. "It was a cat and mouse game between the break and the bunch. In the last 70 kilometres it was really à bloc," said the rider at the end of the day.

"Frederik Frison and Jelle Wallays were riding at the head of the bunch for us, chasing down the leaders. It was really close, but we caught them in the end. The escapees were strong, but so were our riders and those of the other sprint teams," he added.

It was a long sprint for the German champion but at the end he managed to beat Degenkolb in a close sprint. "I did a long and fast sprint and was lucky to get the wheel of Degenkolb. I beat him on the line. It was a nice sprint to watch I think. I knew that I won.

"It was close, but as sprinters we are dealing a lot with centimeters. This was a nice victory! The Alto do Malhão, where tomorrow's stage finishes, is steep and tough. Tiesj and Tony can definitely gain positions on GC," he concluded.
Photo of Andre Greipel (cropped) by Lotto-Soudal


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