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Greipel on winning year

German André Greipel pleased with winning year

German André Greipel pleased with winning year (Image credit: AFP)

By Susan Westemeyer

German André Greipel started out his season in January by dominating the Tour Down Under and, in the middle of September, he shows no signs of slowing down. Team Columbia's powerful sprinter, 26, took his 13th season win Sunday in Rund um die Nürnberger Altstadt.

"The race went optimally," he said to Cyclingnews. "Of course everyone was looking to Columbia, but with five men, we were strong enough to let it come to a sprint. Then I could just go ahead and sprint.

"My form was really good and it still is," continued Greipel, who was disappointed not to be named to the German World Championship's team. "I would have had the form for Worlds, but they have named the team and I can't do anything about it. I think I would have been a good helper, and I know the course from the Giro d'Italia."

Despite his long season, he is still not finished. "I will still ride three races," he said. The first two are the Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen in Koolskamp this Friday, followed by a criterium in Wangen, Germany, on Sunday. "The season ends on October 3 at the Münsterland Giro."

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