Greipel finds form in Australia

André Greipel of Team Columbia is eager to repeat his amazing success from last year, when he won...

André Greipel of Team Columbia is eager to repeat his amazing success from last year, when he won the Tour Down Under in dominating fashion. In 2008 he had four stage wins and added the Glenelg circuit, which didn't count to the overall, to his tally.

Greipel arrived in Australia a few days ago after a strenous 34-hour journey. "It was worth it. I can fine tune my form under ideal conditions," he said. "The weather in Australia is great and I practically had no jetlag." Greipel is training together with teammate Bernhard Eisel, who will be a crucial rider in preparing the sprints during the Tour Down Under.

Morale and mood are good for the duo, who will be joined by the other Columbia teammates on January 12. Greipel is already excited about the race's start on January 18. "I am quite curious to see if I can repeat my performance from last year. Together with my teammates I definitely want to fight as hard as I can."

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