Greipel to T-Mobile

The T-Mobile team has signed André Greipel to its roster for next season, on a one year basis. The 23 year-old sprinter, who hails from Jan Ullrich's hometown of Rostock, rode for Team Wiesenhof this year. "André is a young rider with massive potential," said T-Mobile manager Olaf Ludwig. "He has shown that already on a number of occasions this year. We are hoping that, with us, he can continue to develop and evolve as a sprinter."

In his first year in the pro ranks, Greipel impressed with a strong ride at the Tour of Denmark, where he bagged a stage win, as well as second and third places in stages. Greipel also managed fourth place in a strong field at the "Rund um die Nürnberger Altstadt" criterium. The Wiesenhof rider also sprinted to third place in the third stage of the International Tour of Rheinland-Pfalz.

In 2002, Peter Sager, the coach who discovered Jan Ullrich, brought Greipel to the youth team TEAG Köstritzer. Under Sager, Greipel's talent was quickly converted into results, including two titles at the German junior championships and countless stage wins in smaller tours. In 2005 Greipel turned pro with Wiesenhof.

"The switch to the T-Mobile Team is a massive step for me. I am delighted to be given a chance with this team," said Greipel.

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