André Greipel out of RideLondon-Surrey Classic with injury

German sprint star André Greipel still suffering from knee injury sustained on stage 14 of the Tour de France and will not take part in Sunday's RideLondon-Surrey Classic

Andre Greipel wins Stage 21 of the 2015 Tour de France
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Tour de France quadruple stage winner André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) has withdrawn his name from the startlist of Sunday's RideLondon-Surrey Classic after suffering with a knee injury.

The German sprinter was scheduled to be one of the star riders for the British one-day race, but is suffering from a lingering problem with his knee after crashing on stage 14 of the Tour.

“Even without [Greipel], the Classic will still be one of the best one-day races ever seen in the UK with world-class cyclists such as Mark Cavendish, Sir Bradley Wiggins and Philippe Gilbert in the line-up, not to mention last year’s champion Adam Blythe and the man he beat to the line, Ben Swift," said RideLondon-Surrey Classic race director Mick Bennett.

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Greipel enjoyed his most successful Tour to date, marking himself out as the most successful sprinter of the 2015 race by topping off his tally of wins with a victory on the Champs Élysées in Paris on Sunday, despite his injury.

The Lotto-Soudal squad for the RideLondon event will now consist of: Jens Debusschere, Kenny Dehaes, Thomas De Gendt, Jürgen Roelandts, Dries Van Gestel and Kenneth Van Rooy.

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