André Greipel put on an impressive show of strength in the final race of his career, Münsterland Giro, helping his ISN teammate Alexis Renard to finish in second place on the line.
After a long and astonishing career, with no less 158 professional victories, the day had come for Greipel to hang up his bike this Sunday. And as the saying goes; the great ones bow out on top. Determined to finish off with a strong performance, Greipel was always near the front, ready to follow the dangerous moves and when the peloton split up in the crosswind, he was there again, together with Renard.
As it became clear that the select front group would fight for the victory, Greipel and Renard both tried to attack to get away. However, despite several attempts, it all ended in a sprint within the very reduced group.
Renard was the first rider to launch his sprint. For a moment it seemed like the young Frenchman could hold off his rivals but on the final meters, Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck Quick-Step) managed to overtake Renard who had to settle for second place.
Greipel finished in 10th place, crossing the line celebrating, waving to his home fans cheering alongside the road.
“I did my maximum!”
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