Greipel beats Kittel at the German Championships

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It was a difficult weekend for the Lotto Soudal team with the news about the condition of Stig Broeckx, but with the slogan ‘Fight for Stig’ the riders showed their courage in the race.

Erfurt hosted the German Championships this year. Unlike the Belgian road race it was a completely flat course without any obstacles. André Greipel beat Max Walscheid (Giant-Alpecin) and Marcel Kittel (Etixx – Quick-Step) in the sprint.

“Despite the nature of the course you can never be sure it will end with a sprint, because the big teams could have other tactics. Sibi and I had decided to race attentively and join every big breakaway. And we succeeded in doing that. With 45 kilometres to go for example, we were part of a break, but Giant-Alpecin didn’t have a rider in that group and that’s why we didn’t stand a chance. Sibi made sure I was positioned perfectly for the sprint. John Degenkolb launched the sprint for his teammate Walscheid, I remained on his wheel. I started sprinting with two hundred metres to go and nobody could pass me. I’ve seen the images and the gap was rather big.”, said Greipel after the race.

“Of course I am happy that I’ve become national champion for the third time ever. When it’s this type of course, it’s always a goal for me. I am proud to wear the jersey for a year and I am looking forward to show it in the Tour. This victory, my eighth of the season, is good for the confidence.”

National Championships Germany 2016 – Road Race results:

1 André Greipel (Lotto Soudal)

4:32:49

2 Max Walscheid (Giant-Alpecin)

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3 Marcel Kittel (Etixx – Quick-Step)

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4 Pascal Ackermann (Rad-Net Rose)

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5 Gerald Ciolek (Stölting)

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6 Konrad Geßner

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7 Willi Willwohl (LKT Team Brandenburg)

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8 Alexander Krieger (Leopard)

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9 Florian Tenbruck

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10 Marco Mathis (Rad-Net Rose)

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