Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol) takes his second straight victory at the Tour de France.
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“I don’t know why everybody is saying I can’t beat Cavendish,” says Lotto sprinter
After two wins in two days, Lotto-Belisol sprinter André Greipel will be going for a third successive victory on the final flat stage of the Tour’s opening week to Metz. The powerful German admitted he had had some good fortune when he managed to avoid the crash that took out Tyler Farrar late on Thursday’s stage to Saint-Quentin, and praised his teammates for the efforts they made to get him back into contention.
“I needed some good bike handling to stay on my bike when Farrar crashed. I did drop back quite a few places, but Adam Hansen was waiting for me and he brought me back up to our other teammates. So we had some luck there, but then the train worked perfectly again heading into quite a tough finish. It was perhaps 700m full gas,” said Greipel.
Unlike the stage four sprint in Rouen that didn’t feature Mark Cavendish after he had crashed out, Greipel beat his Sky rival with something to spare in Saint-Quentin. Asked if he had savoured this victory more for that reason, the German responded: “I don’t know why everybody is saying that I can’t beat Cavendish. I did it last year at the Tour and I’ve done it before.
“I’ve got the best team around me so why shouldn’t I have the ability to beat him? If I stay on their wheels I’m always there when I need to be and that makes it easy.”
Among the many delighted faces around the Lotto team bus following Greipel’s second stage win was DS Herman Frison, who praised the work his riders
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