Andre Greipel has won the Arras to Reims, sprinter-friendly stage six of the Tour De France, as per ESPN. Known for his sprinting abilities, Greipel should have been a no-brainer to win this stage of the race, but he has slogged in the back of the pack during the last few stages, which were also suited for sprinters. He has rebounded from a poor start despite intermittent drizzle and a crowded pack throughout the 194-kilometer stage.
Greipel was all smiles before Thursday’s stage, via VeloNews, he said only, “We’ll try again today.”
Nicknamed the “Gorilla,” Greipel has now won six stages at the Tour De France — all in the last four years of competition. With over 100 pro wins, Greipel is one of the most consistent sprinters in cycling. The German races for Lotto-Belisol. His manager explained his poor performance thus far.
“There is nothing wrong with André, he just needs a good sprint to gain his confidence back,” Lotto-Belisol manager Mark Sergeant told VeloNews. “Things went badly in the first sprints. He lost the wheel of the last man, first it was [Greg] Henderson, then it was [Jurgen} Roelandts. They were there, but André was not on the wheel. He needs a good leadout, and when he doesn’t, it’s not good for him.”
As per ESPN, defending champion Chris Froome had to drop out of the race after suffering two crashes. Saxo-Tinkoff’s Jesus Hernandez dropped out from a crash as well, which puts two-time winner Alberto Contador at a great disadvantage.
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