Greipel: My power numbers are the same as five years ago

New Israel Start-Up Nation signing André Greipel at the 2020 Tour Down Under
André Greipel will race for Israel Start-Up Nation through 2022 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

When Israel Start-Up Nation announced last month that it had handed André Greipel a two-year contract extension, it was met with some surprise, not least because Greipel himself had earmarked December 31 as the date of his retirement.

However, the German sprinter will now race into his 40s and, speaking to Cyclingnews en route to a training camp in Belgium, seems as motivated as ever.

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.