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by Shane Stokes
August 25, 2017
Photography by Cor Vos
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Marczynski wins stage 6 of the Vuelta a España; Viviani wins stage three of the Tour du Poitou-Charentes, Pedersen dominates TT and takes lead; Jack Bobridge charged over selling street drugs; Contador impresses Froome with attacks, feels back to form : ‘I’m enjoying myself more’; Van Garderen remains positive despite time lost on Vuelta’s stage 6; Betancur out of Vuelta a España; Greipel affected by worries about his parents; Cummings, Thomson, Venter, Van Zyl and Janse van Rensburg all renew with Team Dimension Data; Dillier to Ag2r La Mondiale, Lindeman extends with LottoNL-Jumbo; Tour of Alberta line-up headed by strong Cannondale-Drapac squad; Melbourne Grand Prix of Cyclocross opens international cyclocross season; Video: Girona Cycling Guide Josep From Bikebreaks Shows Us His Castle And Bike Collection; Video: Junior Tour of Ireland Cycling 2017
Lotto-Soudal team manager Marc Sergeant has expressed a vote of confidence in Andre Greipel, speaking about the stress the German rider was under in the Tour de France and thus explaining why the race didn’t go to plan. “What many people don’t know is that Greipel has great worries with his parents,” he told HLN.be.
“His mother is very sick. For the Tour he has arranged home help for his parents. That went rather harshly. It has cost him a great deal of effort. And then you have to start the toughest race of the year. He carried these problems along as a heavy backpack. Every day was a new fight against himself.”
Greipel went into the race conscious that he had won at least one stage a year since 2011. This time around, he wasn’t able to do so, with second on the final stage in Paris as close as he got.
He recently voiced frustration, saying that he felt unable to sprint as he previously did. “I’ve completely lost my instinct on the bike.” Sergeant believes things will change. “It’s going to be better now. He replied to the SMS that I sent him after Hamburg: ‘From today I am again a rider, promise.’ That boy sits in a knot. He knows that he is not doing well, that more of him is expected.”