André Greipel

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André Greipel
André Greipel, 2013 Peoples Choice Classic (cropped).jpg
Greipel at the 2013 Down Under Classic
Personal information
Full name André Greipel
Nickname The Gorilla
Born (1982-07-16) 16 July 1982 (age 32)
Rostock, East Germany
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)[1]
Weight 75 kg (165 lb; 11.8 st)[1]
Team information
Current team Lotto-Soudal
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Sprinter
Amateur team(s)
 –2001 Polizei SV Rostock
2001 Jan Ullrich Nachwuchsteam
Professional team(s)
2002–2004 TEAG Team Köstritzer
2005 Wiesenhof
2006–2010 T-Mobile Team
2011 Omega Pharma-Lotto
2012– Lotto-Belisol
Major wins

Grand Tours

Tour de France
6 individual stages (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
Giro d'Italia
2 individual stages (2008, 2010)
Vuelta a España
Points classification (2009)
4 individual stages (2009)

Stage races

Tour Down Under
General classification (2008, 2010)
Points classification (2008, 2010)
16 individual stages (2008, 2010, 20122014)

One-day races and Classics

National Road Race Championships (2013, 2014)
Brussels Cycling Classic (2013, 2014)
Paris–Bourges (2009)
Philadelphia Championship (2009)
ProRace Berlin (2012)
Infobox last updated on
9 February 2015

André Greipel (born 16 July 1982) is a German professional road bicycle racer for UCI World Tour team Lotto-Soudal.[2] Born in Rostock, East Germany, Greipel is a pure sprinter who is among the most prolific cyclist of his era as far as the number of victories achieved are concerned. His major successes have included twelve stage victories at Grand Tours; six at the Tour de France, four at the Vuelta a España – where he won the points classification in 2009 – and two stages at the Giro d'Italia. He also prevailed in the classic Paris–Bourges and won the overall classification of the Australian race Tour Down Under twice, in 2008 and 2010.

Professional career[edit]

Greipel (center) at the 2010 Tour Down Under, which he won.

The 2008 Tour Down Under was to be the revelation for Greipel. He won the overall classification by a narrow margin of 7 seconds on the local Allan Davis of Team UniSA-Australia. He also earned the points classification thanks to an impressive 4 stage wins out of a possibility of 6.[3] Later in the season, he won his first Grand Tour stage in the Giro d'Italia.

In the 2009 Vuelta a España, Greipel competed as Team Columbia-High Road top sprinter benefiting from flat stages and the Columbia lead-out team. He won 4 stages including the prestigious last one after group sprints. He also won the "Green Jersey" Points Classification. Greipel finished the 2009 season with an impressive 20 wins, second in victories only to his teammate Mark Cavendish.[4]

In 2010, he started the year with his second overall victory at the Tour Down Under. He achieved that result thanks to 3 stages triumphs. The 4-second bonuses awarded to the winner of each stages helped him carry on to the top of the podium.[5] In April, Greipel completely dominated the Tour of Turkey in terms of stage wins, winning 5 stages out of 8 including the opening time trial. He finished eighth overall and earned the points classification jersey.[6] He later conquered his second Giro d'Italia stage.

In 2011, after moving to Omega Pharma-Lotto, he had his first Tour de France victory on stage 10, inching out his biggest rival and former teammate Mark Cavendish.


Greipel at the 2012 World Ports Classic

At the Tour de France, Greipel and his Lotto-Belisol teammates had high hopes for stage victories. It almost happened on Stage 2, where he was edged on the line by Mark Cavendish despite having a "nearly perfect lead out train" by his own admission.[7] On the next bunch sprint stage (Stage 4 finishing in Rouen), a crash occurred with a little less than 3 kilometers to go, which included Cavendish among other riders. Greipel steered clear of the accident and won the sprint by beating Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre-ISD) and Tom Veelers (Argos-Shimano).[8] Greipel repeated the feat the very next day on Stage 5, taking his second win in a row while the peloton reached the escapees in Saint-Quentin inside the final kilometer. Cavendish was part of the sprint this time around, finishing fifth.[9] He was the victor again on Stage 13, surviving the short but steep category 3 climb Mont-Saint-Clair situated 23 km (14.3 mi) from the finish and clawed his way back to the bunch in the following flat section. A few late attacks were reeled in during the final kilometers and he edged Peter Sagan on the line to take his third win of the Tour.[10]

In August, Greipel took second place after winner Arnaud Démare (FDJ-BigMat) in the Vattenfall Cyclassics, the only World Tour event disputed in Germany, his home country.[11] He stated that the scorching heat did not help matters in the 245.6 km (152.6 mi) race, and that his "engine had some cooling problems".[12] He also announced after the race that he would not participate in the World Championships in Limburg, citing the course is not suited to his characteristics.[12]

Greipel followed his second place with victories in the first two stages of the Danmark Rundt.[13] In October, Greipel reacted to the Lance Armstrong-USADA affair: "[...] the fight against cheating and the falsely-earned successes must absolutely be continued! This fight for honesty and a fair sport has already proven itself, even if cycling's reputation seems to be continually damaged." the German wrote on his blog, supportive of the investigation.[14]


Greipel at the Grote Prijs Jef Scherens in September 2014

Greipel started the 2013 campaign successfully in Australia by winning the Cancer Council Helpline Classic and the first stage of the Tour Down Under two days later. With that victory, Greipel equaled the record for most stage wins at this race with 12, which was held by Robbie McEwen.[15] He went on to win stages 4 and 6, establishing his own record and registering his 100th career victory in Adelaide, on the last day of the event.[16] During Stage 3 of the Tour of Turkey, it was announced to Greipel that his grandmother had died. He talked to his family after the stage and they chose to continue. The next day, he won Stage 4, surviving a climb in the final 10 kilometers to come up a victor of a group of 38 riders. He declared after the stage: "They [his family] supported me to stay here for racing. It's also good for me. It's an important race for my build-up for the Tour de France. I promised my dad that I'd win a stage for my grandmother. I'm happy I could make it."[17] He won another stage the next day.[18] In late June Greipel won the German national road race ahead of Gerald Ciolek and John Degenkolb. He was part of an eighteen men leading group as he won the sprint on a rainy day in Wangen im Allgäu.[19]


In January, Greipel started his season with a couple of stage victories in Australia at the Tour Down Under, as has become his habit in recent years.[20] He then went on to compete in the Tour of Oman, winning three stages and the points classification.[21] He crashed heavily in the finale of Gent-Wevelgem with Tyler Farrar, dislocating his collarbone and tearing off the bone's ligaments. He was successfully operated that same evening, but that event greatly hindered his Spring campaign.[22] Greipel made his return to racing at the Tour of Turkey, where he went winless since he was still recuperating from his injuries and trying to get his form back.[23] His next victory came on Stage 4 of the Tour of Belgium. He later participated to the Tour de Luxembourg to fine-tune his form before the Tour de France, amassing 2 stage wins in the process. On the last stage, Greipel soloed to the finish line, a rare feat for such a pure sprinter.[24] Right before the Tour, Greipel added another win to his tally at the Ster ZLM Toer. At the Tour, success came on the sixth stage in Reims after rival fast men Arnaud Démare and Marcel Kittel had been dropped from the peloton. Greipel outsprinted Alexander Kristoff (Team Katusha) and Samuel Dumoulin (Ag2r-La Mondiale) to claim the first step of the podium.[25]


Greipel took his first victory of the season at the Volta ao Algarve. He then waited until the second stage of Paris–Nice to grab the next one, dedicating the victory to his mother, who he said "is going through a very hard time".[26]


He currently lives in Hürth, close to Cologne in Germany. After his win of the 2008 Tour Down Under, he was nicknamed the "Gorilla" by various sports media.[3]

Career highlights[edit]

2nd Giessen
3rd Augsburg
1st U-23 GP Waregem
1st Stage 2 U-23 Thüringen-Rundfahrt
1st Stage 1 U-23 Berliner Rundfahrt
GP Tell
1st Prologue & Stage 4b
1st Stage 3 Tour du Loir-Et-Cher
1st Stage 1 U-23 Thüringen-Rundfahrt
3rd National Under-23 Cyclo-Cross Championships
1st Stage 6 Post Danmark Rundt
1st Gladbeck
1st Stadtlohn
3rd Braunschweig
Rheinland-Pfalz Rundfahrt
1st Stages 1 & 4
Cologne Classic
1st Stages 1 & 2
3rd Sinzig
Sachsen Tour
1st Stages 1 & 2
1st Down Under Classic
1st Orange jersey Overall Tour Down Under
1st Stages 2, 4, 5 & 6
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stage 17 Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 4 Tour of Austria
1st Stage 4 Deutschland Tour
1st Münsterland Giro
Vuelta a España
1st Stages 4, 5, 16 & 21
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stages 1, 3 & 5
Ster Elektrotoer
1st Stages 2, 3 & 5
Tour of Austria
1st Stages 1, 6 & 8
1st Paris–Bourges
1st Stage 7 Tour de Pologne
1st Stage 1 Tour Down Under
1st Stage 6 Four Days of Dunkirk
1st Neuseen Classics
1st Philadelphia International Championship
1st Stage 1 Sachsen Tour
1st Orange jersey Overall Tour Down Under
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stages 1, 2 & 4
Tour of Turkey
1st Stages 1 (ITT), 2, 5, 6 & 8
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
Tour of Britain
1st Stages 1, 6 & 8
Tour of Austria
1st Stages 1 & 6
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
Tour de Pologne
1st Stages 2 & 7
Eneco Tour
1st Stages 2 & 6
Volta ao Algarve
1st Stage 2
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stage 18 Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 5 Vuelta a Mallorca
3rd Vattenfall Cyclassics
Tour of Belgium
1st Jersey yellow.svg Points classification
1st Stages 2 & 5
Eneco Tour
1st Stages 1 & 2
1st Stage 10 Tour de France
1st Stage 4 Volta ao Algarve
1st Stage 1 Three Days of De Panne
1st Stage 6 Tour of Turkey
3rd Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg World Road Race Championships
4th Gent-Wevelgem
1st Cancer Council Helpline Classic
1st ProRace Berlin
1st GP Impanis-Van Petegem
Tour of Belgium
1st Jersey yellow.svg Points classification
1st Stages 1, 2 & 3
Tour Down Under
1st Stages 1, 3 & 6
Tour de France
1st Stages 4, 5 & 13
Tour de Luxembourg
1st Jersey blue.svg Points classification
1st Stages 1 & 2
Tour of Oman
1st Stages 1 & 4
Danmark Rundt
1st Stages 1 & 2
1st Stage 2 Tour of Turkey
1st Stage 2 Ster ZLM Toer
2nd Overall World Ports Classic
2nd Vattenfall Cyclassics
1st MaillotAllemania.svg National Road Race Championships
1st Cancer Council Helpline Classic
1st Ronde van Zeeland Seaports
1st Brussels Cycling Classic
Tour Down Under
1st Stages 1, 4 & 6
Tour of Turkey
1st Points classification
1st Stages 4 & 5
Tour of Belgium
1st Jersey blue.svg Points classification
1st Stages 1 & 2
1st Stage 1 Tour Méditerranéen
1st Stage 6 Tour de France
1st Stage 4 Eneco Tour
2nd Overall Ster ZLM Toer
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
2nd Vattenfall Cyclassics
2nd Grand Prix de Fourmies
3rd Eschborn-Frankfurt City Loop
1st MaillotAllemania.svg National Road Race Championships
1st Brussels Cycling Classic
1st GP Jef Scherens
1st Sparkassen Münsterland Giro
Tour of Oman
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stages 1, 3 & 6
Tour Down Under
1st Stages 4 & 6
Tour de Luxembourg
1st Stages 1 & 4
1st Stage 4 Tour of Belgium
1st Stage 4 Ster ZLM Toer
1st Stage 6 Tour de France
2nd People's Choice Classic
7th Overall World Ports Classic
1st Stage 1
10th Overall Tour of Qatar
1st Stage 5
1st Stage 5 Volta ao Algarve
1st Stage 2 Paris–Nice
2nd Trofeo Playa de Palma[27]

Grand Tour record[edit]

2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Stages won - - 1 - 1 - - - -
Points classification - - 32 - - - - - -
Tour DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE 155 123 129 149
Stages won - - - - - 1 3 1 1
Points classification - - - - - 7 2 3 7
Vuelta DNF-8 125 DNE 107 DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE
Stages won 0 0 - 4 - - - - -
Points classification - 12 - 1 - - - - -
1 Winner
2–3 Top three-finish
4–10 Top ten-finish
11– Other finish
DNE Did Not Enter
DNF-x Did Not Finish (retired on stage x)
DSQ Disqualified
N/A Race/classification not held
NR Not Ranked in this classification


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