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Andre Greipel Grinds to Victory in Stage 4 of 2009 Vuelta a Espana

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09/1/2009| 0 comments
by Dave Osborne
Cancellara, Vinokourov, Horner and co fight the rain. Photo copyright Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Cancellara, Vinokourov, Horner and co fight the rain. Photo copyright Fotoreporter Sirotti.

Andre Greipel Grinds to Victory in Stage 4 of 2009 Vuelta a Espana

Andre Greipel stormed to Team Columbia-HTC’s second straight victory of the 2009 Vuelta a Espana earlier today.

Andre Greipel stormed to Team Columbia-HTC’s second straight victory of the 2009 Vuelta a Espana and into the lead of the race’s points competition on Tuesday.  Greipel was the fastest of a small group of riders who fought it out for the win after avoiding a big crash in the stage’s final kilometres. 

“First of all,  I hope nobody is hurt and that everybody can use the rest day [on Wednesday] to recover,” Greipel said afterwards.  “Fortunately I was in the right position.  My teammates got me up there and I could go for the win.  I want to dedicate this win to my wife Tina, it’s her birthday today and I was really motivated. This is a present for her.”

Now in the lead of the points jersey, Greipel says he will be taking the defense of his lead on the day-by-day. “My biggest objective was to win a stage here, but there’s two or three more sprints stages where I think I could do something.”

Greipel’s victory is his sixteenth of the season, a personal record for the German who tallied 15 wins for the team in 2008.  “When you have the support of teammates like on Team Columbia-HTC, it motivates you, and it makes it possible to go for so many wins.”

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