Andre Greipel may have retired from professional racing back in 2021, but that is not stopping him from supporting his rivals, especially Mark Cavendish from QuickStep-AlpaVinyl. Greipel only had nice things to say about Cavendish and was praising his performance in the current cycling season.
Greipel now has a firm belief that Cavendish is all set for sprinting in the Tour De France. Cavendish’s last year performance at the French Grand Tour still feels like a miracle, when he made the best of an unlikely situation, only gifted riders are able to do what Cavendish did. He bagged four stage victories and it was almost on par with the legendary cyclist Eddy Merckx.
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In an interview with Wielerflits, Greipel said:
You could clearly see in the Tour of Oman that Mark is still the fastest.
I see no reason to leave him at home. I saw early last year that he was back on the level. I was called crazy when I said that, but look how many Tours sprints he won. It’s not my decision, but I wouldn’t think it smart not to take him to France.
Mark Cavendish’s performance at the Tour of Oman was nothing short of amazing. Although he came second in the first stage, in the second stage is when he truly shined, he mastered his speed and achieved overall victory.
Let’s not forget about Fabio Jakobsen, who will be debuting in the upcoming Tour De France. He won two stages at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana and two at the Volta as Algarve. This certainly impressed Andre Greipel, who was praising Jakobsen too.
In Valencia, Fabio was impressive. Sprinting Alexander Kristoff out of the wheel, that says something. He looks strong, so I don’t see any reason not to take Fabio to the Tour. It is a difficult choice to make.
Will it be Jakobsen or Cavendish sprinting in the Tour De France? Only time will tell, all eyes are currently set on Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl. Stay tuned for more exciting updates!
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