Andre Greipel leads Lotto-Soudal at RideLondon
Jul 28 2017 07:58 pm CET

Andre Greipel leads Lotto-Soudal at RideLondon

German sprinter Andre Greipel will lead Belgian WorldTour formation Lotto-Soudal a the upcoming Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic.

Greipel, who only just missed out on a stage win in the Tour de France, will have the support of Moreno Hofland and Jasper De Buyst in the final phase of the expected mass sprint.

"This race has ended in a bunch sprint in most of the previous editions and that will be our goal for this year as well," said Sports Director Bart Leysen. "Our line-up for Sunday is therefore completely focused on a bunch sprint. André Greipel, Jasper De Buyst and Moreno Hofland are all three fast riders, although André is definitely our leader.

"André Greipel has returned in good shape from the Tour de France. It’s true that he didn’t win a stage, but he came close a couple of times. He has also put his mind onto this Prudential RideLondon. Next to that, Jasper De Buyst has shown to be in excellent shape in the Tour de Wallonie. He won the second stage and had a chance to win in the fourth stage as well.

"We are heading to London with a sprint finish in mind and I suppose that there will be other teams with the same intention. Since we start with a very strong line-up, other teams will look at us to take control of the race. We will have to ensure that the early breakaway is not too large to control. All in all, if other teams want to eliminate André Greipel before the sprint, then the race must be made very hard, since he is able to overcome most hills without much problems," Leysen concluded.

The full line-up consists of:

Jasper De Buyst
André Greipel
Moreno Hofland
Nikolas Maes
Jürgen Roelandts
James Shaw
Marcel Sieberg
Photo of Andre Greipel (cropped) by Lotto-Soudal