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Greipel takes his first win of the Tour de France 2013

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05/07/2013

8 years after Robbie McEwen sprinted his Ridley Damocles to victory in Montpellier, André Greipel did the same on his Ridley Noah FAST! The sprint train with Lars Bak, Adam Hansen, Marcel Sieberg, Jürgen Roelandts en Greg Henderson was perfectly set up in the final kilometres so André Greipel could finish the hard work of the Lotto Belisol team with an impeccable sprint. The victory is a well-needed boost after Jurgen Van den Broeck left the Tour with a knee injury.

The flat stage from Aix-en-Provence to Montpellier (176,5km) with just one climb of 4th category was the ideal opportunity for a second bunch sprint in a row. Immediately after the official start at 13:20 Maté chose for an early breakaway. Because the bunch didn't want to take any risks they didn't grant the escapee a large advantage, and after 44km he was caught. Lotto Belisol rode the whole day in front of the pack and set up a high pace. As a prelude, Greipel won the intermediate sprint. With these points, he now is second in the overall classification for the green jersey.

André Greipel: "I'm of course very happy with this victory, that can be seen as a statement after yesterday's back luck. I've known for long we have a great team, but today's lead out to the sprint was fantastic. Lars Bak and Frederik Willems worked very hard during the race to keep us constantly in the front. The pace was increased by Adam Hansen, so we could go into the final km with three riders in front of me: Marcel Sieberg, Jürgen Roelandts and Greg Hendrson. It's never easy to win a sprint, but today I was perfectly guided to the finish line. The green jersey is not a goal per se, but I aim to take as much points as possible. It is too early to make conclusions so we will see how it goes.”

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