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Greipel's Tour de France stage 5 sprint ruined in last corner

Brecht Decaluwé
July 4, 2013, 01:11,
July 4, 2013, 09:43
First Edition Cycling News, Thursday, July 4, 2013
Tour de France, Stage 5
Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol)

Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol)

  • Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol)
  • Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol)
  • Andre Greipel in his new German champion's kit

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Lotto Belisol's chase efforts cost the team in sprint finale

In the 229km Tour de France stage 5 from Cagnes-sur-mer to Marseille, the Lotto Belisol team took the initiative early to bring back the break. The team was banking on its sprinter André Greipel to bring the first stage win home. But in the final kilometers, Lotto Belisol lacked the numbers to control the sprint, and eventually Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) emerged as victor.

Greipel lost the wheel of his lead-out man Greg Henderson in the final corner and finished fourth. After heading to the team bus and cooling down on the rollers, the German champion explained what happened.

"I think it was [Alexander] Kristoff. Some riders, they just don't care about what is next to them," he said. "I just had to get on my brakes and lost Greg Henderson's wheel."

The German sprinter was disappointed that he was unable to finish the hard work of his teammates. When looking back on the stage, Greipel felt that making the team work to bring the break back cost them the men that were needed in the final kilometres.

"We did a really good job the whole day. We believed in the sprint, and we put three guys in front to bring the breakaway back," he said. "We made it, but that's why we also sacrificed three riders for the lead-out. With four guys in the last kilometres, it was not that easy. There was not a lead-out train like we can do. Still, we were in the front. There was a bit of headwind in that corner, so it wasn't the perfect corner. From there, it was slightly a tailwind."

On a positive note for the day, Greipel easily won the intermediate sprint in the peloton for nine points, however he made it clear that he would much rather would have won the final sprint. "There was only one sprint that mattered so what's the point?" Greipel said.


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wrwhiteknight More than 1 year ago
Greipel is a great sprinter no doubt - however - he lost the sprint because he wasn't the fastest. Period. Watch the replays, he is right in there in great position and simply gets beat.
Susan Snyder More than 1 year ago
"Some riders, they just don't care about what is next to them" Yeah, like you in stage one when you caused the big crash?
Lukas Sievers More than 1 year ago
That's a bit harsh to say, I think, considering the whole stressful and confusing situation with changing information about the finish etc. Every rider wants to be in the perfect position, so crashes sometimes are just inevitable, but it's not really the fault of one rider only.
Sam Birkinshaw More than 1 year ago
you clearly saw Greipel barging his way through a gap that wasn't big enough. It's not a keirin in the velodrome, he needs to remember that.
erader More than 1 year ago
greipel is always griping
Lukas Sievers More than 1 year ago
yes, cavendish never has anything to complain...
Eric Blais More than 1 year ago
Unfortunatly for all the sprinters of this generation they all have a problem and it is Marc Cavendish. Until he retires or strats slowing down, they will never be able to beat him in a pure sprint. Don't forget the green jersey is not a token f the best sprinter but the best finisher.
clashb02 More than 1 year ago
Henderson did a great job and had a bike length over Steegmans out of the last turn and would have spoiled the OPQS party if Greipel had been on his wheel. It had nothing to do with burning up teammates earlier and everything to do with losing his lead out man at the very end.
ycpjoh More than 1 year ago
For a man who hasn't actually won that much at the highest level he sure does have a lot to say when he doesn't win, again.
Lukas Sievers More than 1 year ago
As one could see today... But to be fair, Cav's train there wasn't as good.
Lord.Bachus More than 1 year ago
Today is going to be a chaotic windy stages, keep in the front of the peloton and you might get rid of Cavendish and get a chance to win... However, there can only be so many people in the first part of the Peloton. I really expect some team to stir up things today... And with all the GC people getting nervous there might even be a few big crashes.
ellenbrook2001 More than 1 year ago
yes that correct some riders are very care less has they know they has no chance too win but are in the way for the real sprinters those incompetent sprinters should be warn get away from it ,and in some instance those idiots created crashed?a tell you if a was Greipel a know what a would say to those riders next time a see you there in the wrong place sure you will go too the tarmac?
sublimit More than 1 year ago
Back to language school for you I think.
G3K762mm More than 1 year ago
Ever think maybe English isn't the writer's first language? This isn't a grammar club. I welcome everyone's point of view, yes, yours as well. Let's encourage more voices. Cycling is already too elitist as it stands.
pabelito More than 1 year ago
Yeah, Greipel only had 4 guys on the train. How many guys did Sagan have? Oh yeah, zero. And he outsprinted the pure sprinter Greipel from much worse position Greipel was in.