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Greipel Undefeated at Tour of Turkey

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Andre Greipel of HTC-Columbia wins another round at the 2010 Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey. He bested Angelo Furlan and Claudio Cucinotta with a sprint.

Jan Schaffrath, sports director of HTC-Columbia, shares that it was a tough day but the team did what they came to do and did a splendid job, “A lot of climbing, particularly in the last 20 kilometres, but André stuck in there and we finally got the win”.

Schaffrath described the stage as similar to a heart rate monitor because of the numerous climbs marked on the course, “The longest was about three kilometers. The last sprint was a little bit dangerous, though, and came after another little climb in the final kilometers, but André held on and then did a great sprint.”

Schaffrath noted the strong efforts made by Gert Dockx and Aleksejs Saramotins as well. He adds that tomorrow’s stage will be more challenging but remains…

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Greipel Expresses Displeasure Over Milan-San Remo Exclusion

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Team HTC-Columbia rider Andre Greipel has voiced his displeasure over being skipped for the team lineup for the recently-concluded 2010 Milan-San Remo. The German cyclist was not part of the lineup of riders that HTC-Columbia had fielded to race in the Italian classic last Saturday, instead opting to go with their star sprinter Mark Cavendish.

Greipel sees this as an indication that he is just getting second billing on the team, and the fact that he has indeed outperformed his British teammate so far this season does not help matters any. The German rider has already shown his winning form in several events this year, starting with an early rush of three stage victories, earning the points jersey, and the overall title as the 2010 Tour Down Under champion. From there, Greipel went on to grab a win at the Trofeo Magalluf-Palmanova in the Mallorca Challenge, plus another…

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Greipel Wins in Rain-Soaked Volta ao Algarve

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The pouring rain and cold weather could not stop Andre Greipel (HTC-Columbia) from taking the win at the second stage of the 2010 Volta ao Algarve.

It did, however, slow him down. Greipel’s winning time of 6+ hours actually exceeded the scheduled finish by at least 75 minutes. The 207km stage race of the Volat ao Algarve is tough enough without the heavy rains making it worse. Most of the cyclists who finished the stage couldn’t muster the energy to give an interview, and it took only one look at their beaten-down faces to know that you shouldn’t dare.

However, Greipel’s victory apparantly gave him enough strength to take about the race for a few minutes. The first thing he mentioned was the weather. “It was horrible out there. If I’ve got a cold tomorrow I’ll know why.” Greipel added that he had asked his…

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Greipel Wins Trofeo Magaluf-Palmanova

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Andre Greipel of Team HTC-Columbia finally gets a win in Spain as he grabs the victory in the fifth stage of the Mallorca Challenge, the Trofeo Magaluf-Palmanova. Greipel finished ahead of Koldo Fernandez (Team Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Manuel Cardoso (Team Footon-Servetto).

The star rider of HTC-Columbia suffered setbacks in the first two stages of the Mallorca Challenge, much to the disappointment of fans who expected the Tour Down Under winner to get an early lead in the event.

Like Greipel, other favorites such as Fernandez, Cardoso, and Jose Joaquin Rojas also failed to secure victories early on, and without a clear leader in the sprints at Trofeo Magaluf-Palmanova, those who lagged behind in the early stages had an opportunity to reestablish themselves in the last stage of the Mallorca Challenge.

However, it was Greipel who emerged victorious, as he fought to get the win and defend his reputation in the final stage. …

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Andre Greipel Takes 2010 Tour Down Under

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Andre Greipel continued his winning form right down to the end as he clinched this year’s Tour Down Under (his second) last Sunday in spectacular fashion.

Greipel fought and managed to maintain his 11-second overall lead over Luis Leon Sanchez and finished in 5th place in the final stage. This is the second championship for the German rider in the Australian tour, as he won his first Tour Down Under back in 2008.

Meanwhile, Chris Sutton earned the first-ever stage win for Team Sky as he and teammate Greg Henderson again posted a one-two podium finish on the last stage of the tour. This stage win completed a spectacular season opener for the newly-formed British team.

Henderson finished in 2nd place overall while Luis Leon Sanchez earned honors for 3rd overall. Lance Armstrong finished the stage in 77th place and 25th overall. His time was 1:03 behind Greipel’s accumulated…

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Andre Greipel Takes Stage Two in Tour Down Under

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Andre Greipel is proving himself more than a match for anyone in the 2010 Tour Down Under, as he earns his 2nd consecutive stage win in this year’s Australian tour this Wednesday.

The dominant star of Team HTC-Columbia narrowly beat the rest of the pack by coming into the closing stretch and across the finish line with a frenetic sprint.  This win adds to his chances of securing another Tour Down Under title, the first of which he won back in 2008.

Greipel missed last year’s Tour Down Under when he had to undergo a shoulder surgery after a bad accident, and was out of action for 4 months.

Lance Armstrong, however, said that Greipel still has to face a lot of tough challenges in the later stages, but admitted that the German rider is “showing great form” and is definitely the man to beat in this season’s Australian race. Armstrong…

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The 2010 Tour Down Under: André Greipel Gets the First Stage Win

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the 2010 tour down under andré greipel gets the first stage win   The 2010 Tour Down Under: André Greipel Gets the First Stage Win Dubbed on his team as “the strongest man on earth”, André Greipel showed his strength early in the 2010 Tour Down Under as he led Team HTC-Columbia to the 88-mile first stage win, while Lance Armstrong finished “a pretty uneventful day” riding among the bunch, as he called it.

Greipel, who dominated the Tour Down Under last 2008 with five stage wins overall, left 132 other riders in the dust as he sprinted across the finish line in Tanunda last Tuesday.

The star of the HTC-Columbia team was a favorite to win the Cancer Council Helpline Classic last Sunday, but was forced to watch Team Sky take the victory as Greg Henderson and Chris Sutton scored a 1-2 combo for Team Sky.
However, the lead-out train for HTC-Columbia was in full effect last Tuesday as Hayden Roulston, Mat Goss and Michael Rogers helped their star get…

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