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Greipel wins stage 4 of the Tour Down Under

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24/01/2014

German sprinter André Greipel has won the 4th stage of the Tour Down Under (TDU). Teammate Jürgen Roelandts was second and Elia Viviani third.

The wind played an important role in the 4th stage of the TDU. The peloton was ripped apart in crosswinds midway through the race. Kittel and Renshaw were dropped, and Lotto-Belisol controlled the race. The escapees were realed in, and everything looked like the race was going to end up in a bunch sprint. In the last 5km, Belgians Bakelandts and Pauwels attacked, but the Lotto-Belisol train timed the leadout perfectly. Greipel was able to win with ease. Last leadout man, Jürgen Roelandts, even finished on place 2! Both riders were on a Ridley Noah FAST.

André Greipel: "For me this was the first real sprinter's chance at the Tour Down Under. We were not only able to take the stage win, but also the second place with Jürgen Roelandts. This shows the strength of our team. This was a very strong collective performance. It was a nervous stage, with a lot of crosswind. We raised the pressure at the right moment which resulted in a split of the peloton. Of course I'm glad I could take my first victory. I knew the last climb and the final very well, so I knew what we could expect. This well-deserved victory is great. The team is rewarded for its work. The confidence was there, but because of the victory we are all the more looking forward to the final stage on Sunday."

This was Greipel his 15th victory in the history of the TDU, Adam Hansen hangs on to the KOM jersey.

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