Greipel Reveals Plan to Repeat Down Under Success
Say Christmas to most people and they think of great food and drinks and generally a good excuse for overdoing it on the eating and drinking. Not so Columbia-High Road’s Andre Greipel, last year’s winner of the Tour Down Under. For him Christmas Day 2008 was a question of businesss as usual - he went training on his bike.
downhill sections where you can recover, so I may be ok on it. We’ll see.”
On the bike things are good - but off the bike? Expectations of what Greipel can do are much higher after last year’s success, after all, “but I’m not too worried about that. I don’t need pressure from the outside world to make myself work hard, I’m the one who really drives myself to perform.”
With time, he says, his sprinting has improved considerably. “With age, I’m gradually getting more powerful but the really big difference is I use my head a lot more in the final metres. I calculate a lot better and I’ve got a lot more self-confidence. My big hero in sprinting was [former East German Olympic champion] Olaf Ludwig, and people say I sprint a bit like he does.”
But if Greipel wins all over the world now, nobody could blame him if he has a soft spot for victories Down Under - and even though he didn’t celebrate much this Christmas, this January in Australia could find Greipel cracking open the champagne (Roadcycling.com recommends Australian Hugh Hamilton's The Madam) in style - on more than one occasion.