Andre Greipel: Cavendish is still the fastest

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Mark Cavendish farewells André Greipel at the end of his final race, Sparkassen Münsterland Giro 2021 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

André Greipel may have stepped out of the sprint battles but as he watches from the sidelines, he told Wielerflits he believes former key rival Mark Cavendish has shown he has what it takes to be successful in the sprints at the Tour de France this year.

Last year Cavendish made the most of an unexpected spot in the French Grand Tour to deliver a fairytale race as he took out four stage victories and the green jersey, equalling Eddy Merckx's long-standing record of 34 Tour de France stage wins. Yet that hasn’t been enough to assure him a start this year, such is the level of sprinters  within QuickStep-AlpaVinyl. 

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