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by Shane Stokes

November 4, 2017

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Greipel confirmed for 2018 Santos Tour Down Under

by Shane Stokes

Double race winner André Greipel has been confirmed for next January’s Santos Tour Down Under, with the 35 year old returning once again to the race. He has clocked up multiple stages in the event, and will take part again for the first time since 2014.

“It’s a pleasure for me to go back, as it was always good to start a hopefully successful season,” he said. “It is a really established and professionally organised race with riders of high quality taking part. I have seen the race develop over the years to a high standard WorldTour event – an example for race organisers globally.

“The first wins and points to earn for my team and I would be nice. Of course I’m looking forward to the fantastic atmosphere.” He is the second big name to be confirmed, with world champion Peter Sagan previously announced as taking part.

“I can still remember André’s overall win in 2008,” said race director Mike Turtur. “He took the general classification by just seconds on Aussie Allan Davis – it was the start of an amazing season for André. After the 2008 TDU victory at the start of his season, Greipel went on to his first Grand Tour stage win at the Giro d’Italia so, the we’ve always provided him with a strong start to his season.

“There’s no question André and his team always mean business when they come to race here. The explosive power of these cyclists is a force to be reckoned with, and we know how much fans enjoy watching Greipel storm home for a sprint finish. So we hope he can add to his Santos Tour Down Under stage win record next January.”

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