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by Shane Stokes
January 16, 2018
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Currently holding the stage win record in the Santos Tour Down Under, Andre Greipel and his Lotto-Soudal team are vying to add to that haul in the coming days. “I think we have one of the most experienced Tour Down Under line-ups in the peloton,” said sports director Herman Frison.
“André Greipel has won sixteen stages, conquered two overall victories and guys like Hansen, Sieberg, Bak and De Gendt have already participated several times. Our goal is clear. Although the Tour Down Under doesn’t come at a moment of a conditional peak, we do hope to show ourselves in the sprint with André.
“A stage victory would be very nice considering all those fast men at the start, such as Ewan, Viviani, Sagan and a range of talented young sprinters. Greipel will be assisted by Debusschere, Sieberg and Bak. Hansen and De Gendt can have a go in the stages that suit them.”
Greipel showed good form on Sunday in the People’s Choice Classic, netting second behind the world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe). He beat Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott), who has got more recent racing in than the two Europeans.
Frison believes Greipel will have several chances. “Of the six stages it is likely that three will end with a sprint: stages one, three and six. The three other stages have a tougher profile and suit the adventurers and GC riders. We know all the finales, we did a recon of the ones we didn’t know before.”