In January, Greipel started his season with a couple of stage victories in Australia at the Tour Down Under, as has become his habit in recent years. He then went on to compete in the Tour of Oman, winning three stages and the points classification. He crashed heavily in the finale of Gent–Wevelgem with Tyler Farrar, dislocating his collarbone and tearing off the bone's ligaments. He was successfully operated upon that same evening, but that event greatly hindered his spring campaign. Greipel made his return to racing at the Tour of Turkey, where he went winless since he was still recuperating from his injuries and trying to get his form back. His next victory came on Stage 4 of the Tour of Belgium. He later participated to the Tour de Luxembourg to fine-tune his form before the Tour de France, amassing 2 stage wins in the process. On the last stage, Greipel soloed to the finish line, a rare feat for such a pure sprinter. Right before the Tour, Greipel added another win to his tally at the Ster ZLM Toer. At the Tour, success came on the sixth stage in Reims after rival fast men Arnaud Démare and Marcel Kittel had been dropped from the peloton. Greipel outsprinted Alexander Kristoff and Samuel Dumoulin to claim the first step of the podium.
In 2011, after moving to, he had his first Tour de France victory on stage 10, inching out his biggest rival and former teammate Mark Cavendish in a sprint in Carmaux. Greipel later took the bronze medal at the World Road Race Championships in Copenhagen, after coming third in the mass sprint behind Cavendish and Matthew Goss, another former HTC teammate.
In August, Greipel took second place after winner Arnaud Démare in the Vattenfall Cyclassics, the only World Tour event disputed in Germany, his home country. He stated that the scorching heat did not help matters in the 245.6 km race, and that his "engine had some cooling problems". He also announced after the race that he would not participate in the World Championships in Limburg, citing the course is not suited to his characteristics.
At the Tour de France, Greipel was the victor of the second stage, a very windy affair that saw splits occur in the peloton. He was in the front group and out-sprinted Peter Sagan, Mark Cavendish and Fabian Cancellara. On the fifth stage, a bunch sprint occurred and Greipel got the better of it by besting Sagan and Cavendish. He also won the bunch sprints at the end of stages 15 in Valence and the final stage (stage 21) to Paris on the Champs-Élysées, giving him four stage victories — the most of any competitor at that year's Tour de France.
At the Tour de France, Greipel and his teammates had high hopes for stage victories. It almost happened on Stage 2, where he was edged on the line by Mark Cavendish despite having a "nearly perfect lead out train" by his own admission. On the next bunch sprint stage (Stage 4 finishing in Rouen), a crash occurred with a little less than 3 kilometers to go, which included Cavendish among other riders. Greipel steered clear of the accident and won the sprint by beating Alessandro Petacchi and Tom Veelers. Greipel repeated the feat the very next day on Stage 5, taking his second win in a row while the peloton reached the escapees in Saint-Quentin inside the final kilometer. Cavendish was part of the sprint this time around, finishing fifth. He was the victor again on Stage 13, surviving the short but steep category 3 climb Mont-Saint-Clair situated 23 km from the finish and clawed his way back to the bunch in the following flat section. A few late attacks were reeled in during the final kilometers and he edged Peter Sagan on the line to take his third win of the Tour.
Greipel started the 2013 campaign successfully in Australia by winning the Cancer Council Helpline Classic and the first stage of the Tour Down Under two days later. With that victory, Greipel equaled the record for most stage wins at this race with 12, which was held by Robbie McEwen. He went on to win stages 4 and 6, establishing his own record and registering his 100th career victory in Adelaide, on the last day of the event. During Stage 3 of the Tour of Turkey, it was announced to Greipel that his grandmother had died. He talked to his family after the stage and they chose to continue. The next day, he won Stage 4, surviving a climb in the final 10 kilometers to come up a victor of a group of 38 riders. He declared after the stage: "They [his family] supported me to stay here for racing. It's also good for me. It's an important race for my build-up for the Tour de France. I promised my dad that I'd win a stage for my grandmother. I'm happy I could make it." He won another stage the next day. In late June, Greipel won the German national road race ahead of Gerald Ciolek and John Degenkolb. He was part of an eighteen-man leading group as he won the sprint on a rainy day in Wangen im Allgäu.
Greipel enjoyed success in the early part of the 2017 season, taking his first win at the opening race of the Challenge Mallorca in late January before going on to take the fifth stage of Paris–Nice. At the Giro d'Italia, Greipel won the second stage: the time bonuses he collected from this and his third place on the opening stage put him in the overall race lead, earning him the pink jersey for the first time in his career. However, he subsequently suffered a victory drought: at the Tour de France, he was unable to take a stage win - the first time he did not take at least one win at a Grand Tour since the 2008 Giro d'Italia. He did not win another race until he took the honours in the inaugural edition of the Omloop Eurometropool at the end of September.
Born in Rostock, East Germany, Greipel is a pure sprinter who is among the most prolific cyclists of his era with regard to the number of his wins. His major successes have included 22 stage victories at Grand Tours: 11 at the Tour de France, 4 at the Vuelta a España, and 7 at the Giro d'Italia. Greipel also won the points classification in the 2009 Vuelta a España. He also prevailed in the classic Paris–Bourges and won the overall classification of the Australian race Tour Down Under twice, in 2008 and 2010.
In 2010, he started the year with his second overall victory at the Tour Down Under. He achieved that result thanks to 3 stages triumphs. The 4-second bonuses awarded to the winner of each stages helped him carry on to the top of the podium. In April, Greipel completely dominated the Tour of Turkey in terms of stage wins, winning 5 stages out of 8 including the opening time trial. He finished eighth overall and earned the points classification jersey. He later conquered his second Giro d'Italia stage.
Greipel followed his second place with victories in the first two stages of the Danmark Rundt. In October, Greipel reacted to the Lance Armstrong-United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) affair: "[...] the fight against cheating and the falsely-earned successes must absolutely be continued! This fight for honesty and a fair sport has already proven itself, even if cycling's reputation seems to be continually damaged." the German wrote on his blog, supportive of the investigation.
Greipel started his season in January with a win on the first stage of the Tour Down Under in Lyndoch. He also took the closing sixth stage of the race, held in Adelaide. He was forced to withdraw from the spring classics after breaking his collarbone in a crash at Milan–San Remo, but returned to competition after seven weeks at the Four Days of Dunkirk, where he took another pair of stage wins, and he collected another two stages and the points jersey at the Tour of Belgium. However, he could not translate this form into a stage win at the Tour de France, and was forced to withdraw from the race after finishing outside the time limit on one of the Alpine stages. Subsequently, Lotto-Soudal announced that after eight seasons with the team, Greipel would be leaving at the end of the season. In August, Greipel announced that he had signed a two-year deal with, later renamed from 2019.
Greipel took three sprint victories on the Giro d'Italia before deciding to withdraw before the mountains. He was wearing the red jersey when he decided to quit. On 26 June, he won his third German championship in the road race, beating Max Walscheid and Marcel Kittel in a bunch sprint in Erfurt.
Greipel took his first victory of the season at the Volta ao Algarve. He then waited until the second stage of Paris–Nice to grab the next one, dedicating the victory to his mother, who he said "is going through a very hard time". In April, he was denied his third victory of the season as he was edged by 3/10,000th of a second on the finish line by Alexander Kristoff at the Three Days of De Panne. At the end of the month, he renewed with victory on the fourth stage of the Tour of Turkey. As some of his main rivals were dropped on a climb close to the finish, he won the sprint of the reduced group. His next victory was Stage 6 of the Giro d'Italia ahead of Matteo Pelucchi and Sacha Modolo. He then withdrew from the Giro ahead of stage 14. He grabbed his next success on Stage 1 of the Tour de Luxembourg.
André Greipel (born 16 July 1982) is a German professional road bicycle racer, who currently rides for UCI Professional Continental team.
In the 2009 Vuelta a España, Greipel competed as top sprinter benefiting from flat stages and the Columbia lead-out team. He won 4 stages including the prestigious last one after group sprints. He also won the "Green Jersey" Points Classification. Greipel finished the 2009 season with an impressive 20 wins, second in victories only to his teammate Mark Cavendish.
This is a list of career achievements by André Greipel, a German professional cyclist who currently rides for UCI Professional Continental team. Greipel is noted as one of the best sprinters of his generation and is a winner of a number one-day races and stage races. Greipel has also won stages in all three Grand Tours.
The first stage's bunch sprint finish was won by Marcel Kittel. A crash in the sprint caused Mark Cavendish, a favourite for the win, to fall; he did not start stage two. Kittel gained the race leader's yellow jersey and the green jersey as the leader of the points classification, with Jens Voigt taking the polka dot jersey as the leader of the mountains classification. In the following stage, likened to a "mini Liège-Bastogne-Liège", Vincenzo Nibali took the stage win and yellow jersey, attacking on Sheffield's hilly terrain with 2 km remaining. Peter Sagan took the green jersey and Cyril Lemoine took the polka dot jersey. Stages three and four, finishing in London and Lille respectively, ended in bunch sprints and were both won by Kittel. Crashes in stages four and five forced pre-race favourite Chris Froome to abandon the race; his injuries were later revealed to be fractures to his left wrist and right hand. The weather was wet throughout the fifth stage, with the sett paving causing many crashes (not Froome's). The fractured ending was won by an attack in the final 5 km by Lars Boom of. Nibali, who placed third, extended his overall lead over his rivals, with Alberto Contador 2 min 37 s down. André Greipel won stage six's bunch sprint in Reims. Another bunch sprint took place at the end of the next stage, with the hilly finish decided by a photo finish between Sagan and the winner Matteo Trentin.
The race entered the lower Pyrenees with two first-category climbs; the 1517 m Port de Lers and the Mur de Péguère, reaching an elevation of 1375 m. The Mur de Péguère was featuring for the first time in the Tour de France; with sections of the climb in excess of 16%. Small attacks set the course of the early running of the stage, with the field remaining as a whole for the first hour of racing after the attacks were closed down shortly after. It was not until a quarter of the way through the stage – some 50 km in – that a move was allowed to be established on the road, when eleven riders went clear including the points classification leader Peter Sagan of, who was looking to extend his points advantage over his rivals André Greipel and rider Matthew Goss.
The sprinters considered favourites for the points classification and wins in bunch sprint finishes were Mark Cavendish, Peter Sagan , André Greipel , Matthew Goss and riders Marcel Kittel and John Degenkolb. Cavendish won the points classification at the 2013 Giro and had shown his form with thirteen wins in the season. In the previous year's Tour, Sagan won the points classification and had won the same at the Tour de Suisse in the month preceding the Tour. Greipel, whose team manager Marc Sergeant claimed he had the best sprint train, came into the Tour with nine wins in the season, including three at the Tour Down Under. Goss only had one victory in the season, but had a team of strong and experienced riders. Kittel, as with Greipel, would arrive with a team dedicated for the sprints and he had accumulated eleven wins in the season. His teammate Degenkolb won five stages at the 2012 Vuelta and it was thought he was most likely to be used for the hillier stages.
On his World Tour début, the Australian under-23 champion Jordan Kerby launched a solo attack for the UniSA-Australia representative team in the early moments of the stage; he held a maximum lead of around seven minutes at one point during the stage, but was eventually caught during the second of the finishing laps around Lobethal by rider Jérôme Pineau. Pineau dropped Kerby not long after catching him, and accumulated a lead of 1' 15" as he started the final lap. His move was ended in Charleston, as 's Philippe Gilbert moved out of the peloton to gain the three bonus seconds on offer for the first rider across the sprint line. After several late attacks were caught, the sprint trains of the and teams moved towards the front of the field. With a lead-out from team-mates Jürgen Roelandts and Greg Henderson, André Greipel achieved a record-equalling twelfth Tour Down Under stage victory, comfortably winning the sprint ahead of Arnaud Démare and 's Mark Renshaw. As a result, Greipel picked up the ochre and blue jerseys for being the first leader of the points and general classifications.