André Greipel pays tribute to late mother with Tour Down Under stage win

"I think my whole career is dedicated to her": André Greipel dedicates Tour Down Under stage win to his mother, who died in December

André Greipel takes overall race lead after stage one.

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

André Greipel turned grief into gratitude and paid tribute to his late mother after claiming stage one and the first leader’s jersey of the Tour Down Under on Tuesday.

The German beat home favourite Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott) and world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) in a straightforward sprint to take line honours at the end of the 145km race to Lyndoch.

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Sophie Smith is an Australian journalist, broadcaster and author of Pain & Privilege: Inside Le Tour. She follows the WorldTour circuit, working for British, Australian and US press, and has covered 10 Tours de France.