Andre Greipel in doubt for Giro d'Italia

German sprinter Andre Greipel set to miss Giro d'Italia to concentrate on Tour de France

Andre Greipel wins stage three of the 2014 Tour of Oman

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Andre Greipel is unlikely to compete at the Giro d’Italia this year with his Lotto Belisol management citing Mark Cavendish’s arguably taxing 2013 run as one reason.

The Giro may offer more than a stage win to sprinters in its first three days across Northern Ireland and Ireland with the maglia rosa also a possibility. But it doesn't seem enough to entice the German giant, who has already won six races this season and stands to be a serious contender in some classics this spring.

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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.