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Renard second in Münsterland Giro – Greipel bows out on top

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.

— Mikkel to israelcyclingacademy.com

Alexis Renard takes second place on the last day of Tour de Pologne

Israel Start-Up Nation finished off Tour de Pologne with an impressive performance by Alexis Renard who took second place on the stage after the early breakaway managed to hold off the sprinters in a nail-biting finish.

After several strong performances throughout the race, Renard showed off the ISN team colors once again on the final day of racing. The young Frenchman infiltrated a small but strong breakaway early in the stage, which ultimately proved too strong for the peloton to bring back.

On the final kilometer, the sprinters could see the quartet right in front of them but they didn’t manage to catch them before the line. Renard took the wheel of Julius van den Berg (EF Education – Nippo) but despite a strong effort on the final meters, he had to settle for second place.

This is the third podium spot for Renard in the recent month of racing, once more proving to be in incredibly good shape at the moment.

Alexis Renard: “This morning, we talked about the possibilities of a breakaway staying away and Matthias [Brändle] told me that with the tail wind all day, the break could make it all the way. It was a really strong group that got away and we went full gas until the end. During the last lap, I was thinking about how I could take the win. I saw that Van den Berg was the strongest in the group so with 300 meters to go, I pretended to start my sprint. Van den Berg saw that he started his own sprint. I tried to pass him on the final meters but he was too strong. However, I don’t have any regrets.”

— Mikkel to israelcyclingacademy.com