André Greipel

André Greipel is expected to ride the 2019 Tour de France
(Photo: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Date of birth: July 16, 1982
Nationality: German
Height: 184cm
Weight: 82kg
Team: Lotto-Soudal
Twitter: @AndreGreipel

German powerhouse André Greipel is one of the most consistent sprinters in the current professional peloton.

He belongs to an elite group of riders who have taken stage wins in all three Grand Tours: the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta a España. As of the end of the 2017 season, that included 11 Tour stages, seven in the Giro and four in the Vuelta.

Perhaps most remarkably, Greipel won at least one stage of the Tour every year between 2011 and 2016, only halting the run in 2017.

However, 2017 saw him take one stage win at the Giro d’Italia as well as the coveted Maglia Rosa for the first time. He also took a stage at Paris-Nice as well as the points classification at Volta ao Algarve.

At the 2018 Tour de France, he was forced to abandon, missing the time cut with several other sprinters on stage 12.

Watch: Andre Greipel wins stage 21 of the 2016 Tour de France

He’s no one-trick pony, though, performing well in a support role in the spring Classics, usually in a support role for teammates and active in early breakaways.