Tour Down Under - Andre Greipel: I was really eager to beat them again
Jan 21 2018 07:52 pm CET

Tour Down Under - Andre Greipel: I was really eager to beat them again

Lotto Soudal sprinter Andre Greipel confirmed his good shape at the start of the season with a second stage win at the Tour Down Under on Sunday.

The German had already won a stage at the Australian race and added to the joy by beating Caleb Ewan and world champion Peter Sagan in the closing stage on the streets of Adelaide.

As such, he became the only rider in this year's edition to win more than one stage.

"It’s fantastic to end the Tour Down under with two stage wins," the sprinter said. "Ewan, Sagan and Viviani had won one stage, just like me, and I was really eager to beat them again. And so I did! This feels great.

"It was a hectic stage today, but as a team we stayed very calm and concentrated. The first half of the stage we didn’t come to the front. Afterwards Thomas De Gendt did most of the work and as a team we came to the front on the right moment. Caleb Ewan was fast as a cannon ball and it wasn’t easy to pass him by, but I managed to do so on the line."

Greipel believes that his performance in Australia is a good sign for what is yet to come.

"The past taught me that the Tour Down Under and stage wins here always are the start of a good season. I hope it will be the case too this time. I am going home with a very good feeling after two beautiful weeks in Australia. Now I will take rest for a few days, before building up to my next goals."
Photo of Andre Greipel (cropped) by Lotto-Soudal