By Susan Westemeyer
André Greipel has signed up for another two years with Team Columbia. The sprinter told Cyclingnews, "I am very happy to continue to ride for Team Columbia.
"It is a super team and I feel well here," the 26 year-old continued. "The mix of old and young riders is very good and it is fun, because every one does their best for everyone else..."
Greipel joins fellow sprinter Mark Cavendish in extending with the team. Cavendish has the most season wins of any rider in the ProTour this year (17), and Greipel is third, with 13. He opened the season by winning the Tour Down Under and continued winning through September, when he won the Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen - Koolskamp.
The German also rode in the World Championships in support of captains Stefan Schumacher and Erik Zabel. He helped to control the field the first half of the race, eventually dropping out after 230 kilometres. "A lot of people thought that maybe I wasn't good enough for this course, but I think that the team put in a good performance," Greipel said.
He will close out his season this weekend, with the Sparkassen Münsterland Giro on Friday and Steffen Wesemann's farewell race in Wolmirstadt on Saturday.
(Additional editorial assistance provided by Susan Westemeyer.)