Prolific would be one way to describe André Greipel. Laconic another. Impetuous, too.
Regardless, he says the Tour Down Under was where “I found myself”. That was in 2008, when, for the first time, he won the race overall. He has since taken a second TDU victory, along with a slew of others … far too many to list.
However, because he was on the same team as Mark Cavendish until last year, when he switched to Omega Pharma-Lotto, Greipel did not ride the Tour de France until 2011. In his first Grande Boucle, he won the tenth stage from Aurillac to Carmaux, and in doing so, cemented his name as one of the world’s best.
But in this interview with VeloNews, he says he would’ve liked to win more. “Anything,” he says, asked to define which races he would’ve liked to have won.
Now at Lotto-Belisol, the addition of key lead-out man Greg Henderson is proving profitable for the 29-year-old – Greipel has already won three times this year.
Time will tell if he and his sprint train can match that of Cavendish, his teammate-turned-nemesis. But what is certain is that he will not leave the sport wondering what might’ve been.