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Greipel to return to Giro d'Italia in 2014

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December 10, 2013, 10:27,
December 10, 2013, 22:19
First Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Giro d'Italia
German champion Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol)

German champion Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol)

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German makes first appearance in four years

André Greipel (Lotto Belisol) will return to the Giro d’Italia in 2014, his first appearance in the corsa rosa for four years. Speaking at Lotto Belisol's training camp in Mallorca, he revealed that he will tackle both the Giro and Tour de France next season.

"I'm not afraid of two consecutive grand tours. I absorb stage races quite well," Greipel said, according to Het Nieuwsblad.

Greipel has two stage victories from his two previous Giro appearances. He won ahead of his then-Highroad teammate Mark Cavendish in Locarno in 2008, and followed up with a victory in Brescia two years later.

The German never raced the Tour during his time with Highroad, however, with Cavendish preferred as the team's sprinter. Greipel has since skipped the Giro during his first three years with Lotto and centred his season on the Tour, where he has won five stages in three attempts.

After racing both the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix in recent season, Greipel looks set to follow a less demanding programme in the spring in order to save himself for the Giro and Tour, although two one-day races well-suited to the sprinters remain high on his list of priorities.

"I think I'll lighten my race programme in the spring," Greipel said. "But I still dream of winning a classic like Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne or Gent-Wevelgem."

Greipel will again begin his season at the Tour Down Under, which begins on January 19.

Peter von 11 months ago
Without Cav and Kittel, the sprint stages of the Giro could be very one sided, hopefully some younger guys will step up, but nice for Lotto to have something to do in this race and Greibel is a very strong rider i'm confident he can do well in both the Giro and the Tour.
Ser Gio 11 months ago
I think Greipel wants to win some more "big" races in the colors of German champion jersey, so he altered his program to be able to ride Giro and win as much stages as possible.
MatParker117 11 months ago
Points Jersey battle between him and maybe Cav and Degenkolb should be good.