Andre Greipel happy with 150th career victory
May 10 2018 05:43 pm CET

Andre Greipel happy with 150th career victory
Andre Greipel happy with 150th career victory
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Andre Greipel returned to racing in the 4 Jours de Dunkerque after breaking his collarbone in Milan-San Remo. He was expected to take it easy during this race to work on his form.

In the first stage, the German riding for Lotto-Soudal worked for his teammate Jasper de Buyst and he deliberately avoided the sprint. In the second however, he showed that all fear had gone. He squeezed himself past Coquard through a tiny gap and went on the stage win.

The Gorilla tells his story on the team website: "I didn’t expect to win already on my second day of racing, but I'm happy I have surprised myself. Yesterday I decided not to sprint. Today I felt better and also the finish suited me better. I got a great support from my team too. Lawrence Naesen and Enzo Wouters pulled in the bunch to catch the break. With Rémy Mertz, Marcel Sieberg and Jasper De Buyst I could rely on some strong guys to put me in perfect position for the sprint. Jasper started the lead-out with 250 metres to go and that way he forced Bouhanni to go early. I chose the wheel of Bryan Coquard for the sprint. In the end I was lucky that I could still pass him on the left, because he had moved up to the barriers but he didn’t close the door."

This win is Greipel's 150th professional victory. The first one came in 2005, when he won the 6th stage in the Post Danmark Rundt by beating Tomas Vaitkus and Paride Grillo. No less than 50 of his victories were on WorldTour (or the former ProTour) level. These include 7 stage wins in the Giro d’Italia, 4 in the Vuelta and 11 in the Tour de France.

Later this year Greipel aims at increasing this number. His main goal this year, after missing out on the cobbled classics, is the Tour de France. First of all though, he will get more chances in the 4 Jours de Dunkerque. "We have achieved our goal, by winning a stage. I will take the rest of the week day by day. There are two more sprint stages, but also two harder days. We'll see what happens. We came here to practice the lead-out for the Tour, we need to get used to the mechanisms in the upcoming weeks. Today was already a success!"

By Siebe Kok




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