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by Shane Stokes
August 11, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Theuns wins stage four of the BinckBank Tour; Teuns wins stage one of the Arctic Race of Norway; Bouhanni wins stage 2 of the Tour de l’Ain; Valente wins first stage of Inaugural Colorado Classic; Bound for Vuelta and bowled over by support, Hansen thanks fans; Formolo joins Bora-hansgrohe, team extends contracts of Bennett, Selig and others; Boswell becomes first American to sign for Katusha; Gila stage winner Narvaez joins QuickStep Floors, Serry extends; Greipel frustrated by lack of recent success: ‘I cannot even sprint’; Bay Crits cancelled for 2018; Video: Alberto Contador – The Legend; Video: Meet Rosella Bonfanti, UCI Commissaire – Women’s Cycling; Video: Cyclist gets physical with bike thief
The sight of André Greipel attacking early on stage four of the BinckBank Tour was a surprise to some, but it came one day after the German sprinter articulated his frustration about how sprints were not working out for him.
“This is not my best time as a cyclist, but what can I do about it?” he told Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad after Wednesday’s third stage of the race. “As you can see, the team continues to believe in me. But it’s as if I’ve lost all instincts to make the right decisions.
“Today [on stage three] I was in fourth position with 400 meters to go. In the end, I cannot even sprint. I’ve completely lost my instinct on the bike.” Greipel finished 13th.
The Lotto-Soudal rider last took a victory on stage two of the Giro d’Italia. He tried to take his usual minimum of one stage win in the Tour de France, but was unable to do so. He had previously won a stage in the race on every occasion since 2011. Second on the final day of the race was good, but not the victory he was looking for.
Lotto-Soudal Directeur Sportif Herman Frison said it was frustrating for the team, but particularly so for Greipel. “It just does not work. André will have to flip the switch himself.”
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