André Greipel to join Fortuneo-Samsic for 2019 and 2020 seasons

The German sprinter leaves Lotto-Soudal after eight years with the Belgian squad

André Greipel during 2018 Milan-San Remo (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

André Greipel will leave Lotto-Soudal at the end of the season to join Fortuneo-Samsic, the French squad have announced.

The German's current team abruptly announced his departure on Twitter last week during the Tour de France, with no indication as to why, or where he would be heading next.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

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