André ‘The Gorilla’ Greipel Returns Down Under In 2018

André ‘The Gorilla’ Greipel Returns Down Under In 2018

One of the most accomplished sprinters of modern cycling will take to the start line
at the 2018 Santos Tour Down Under.

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André Greipel, one of the most accomplished sprinters of modern cycling will take to the start line
at the 2018 Santos Tour Down Under. He last appeared at the race in 2014 with fans eagerly
awaiting his return.

The German sprint sensation, riding for the Belgian Lotto-Soudal team first won the Santos Tour
Down Under in 2008 and for a second time in 2010. His major successes have included 22 Grand
Tour stage victories (11 at the Tour de France, 7 at the Giro d’Italia and 4 at the Vuelta a Espana).

Race Director, Mike Turtur is thrilled to have one of the favorites of the TDU peloton and dual past
winner return to compete in 2018.

“I can still remember André’s overall win in 2008, taking the general classification by just seconds on
Aussie Allan Davis – it was the start of an amazing season for Andre,” said Mike Turtur.

“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. The TDU has always provide him with a strong start to his season.”

“There’s no question André Greipel and his team always mean business when they come to race
here,” Mike Turtur said.

“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 TDU stage win
record next January.”

Two time overall Santos Tour Down Under winner, André Greipel has a special relationship with the
race and the fans. His 2008 victory was a revelation setting the scene for the many victories that
would come after Andre’s first TDU title.

“I have a special relationship with the Santos Tour Down Under, both on and off the bike. It’s a
pleasure for me to go back as it was always good to start a hopefully successful season,” said André
Greipel.

“With the TDU celebrating 20 years in 2018, it is a really established and professional organized 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 organizers globally.”

“The first wins and points to earn, for my team and I would be nice and of course I’m looking
forward to the fantastic atmosphere,” said Greipel.

The 2018 Santos Tour Down Under will be staged in Adelaide and regional South Australia 13 – 21
January 2018.

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