Andre Greipel extends contract with Israel Start-Up Nation after only three races
Jun 16 2020 01:16 am CET

Andre Greipel extends contract with Israel Start-Up Nation after only three races
Andre Greipel extends contract with Israel Start-Up Nation after only three races
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Andre Greipel has extended his contract with Israel Start-Up Nation for two more years after arriving in the formation at the start of 2020.

The former German national champion has only ridden three races with his new team: the Santos Tour Down Under, the Race Torquay and the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. The 37-year-old will remain in the Israeli formation for two more years, when he will be more than 40.

"To tell you the truth, I was expecting that the team would offer me a one-year extension," Greipel said. "Of course, I was very flattered and pleased that the team management shows so much trust in me. It was an easy decision to accept the offer, and I am fully ready to prolong my career and help the team keep growing."

The team's management also feels pleased with this contract extension. "André proved straight away that he is a rider with great character and exceptional leadership skills," said Israel Start-Up Nation's manager Kjell Carlstrom. "We highly value his experience and what he brings to the team both in terms of his performance as well as guiding others. We look forward to having him on board for the rest of his career and ensuring that we can achieve a lot of success."

In February, the rider crashed during a training ride and fractured his shoulder and soon after, the season was halted by the coronavirus pandemic but by the time he had already left an impression in the team. "André carries himself with grace and humility, despite his impressive palmares," said the team's owner Sylvan Adams.

"Prior to the Corona shutdown, Andre had been a great mentor to our younger riders, in particular to our Israeli neo-pro sprinter Itamar Einhorn, who scored the first podium ever by an Israeli, at the Tour Colombia."
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