Show us your scars #36: Andre Greipel (video)

Andre Greipel reveals his worst crash in a bike race and just what it took to get back on his bike
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No riders are immune to crashing, but sprinters often kiss the tarmac more than most because of the fast and close nature of their battles at the end of stages.

Andre Greipel quite rarely gets himself involved in crashes, but when he does come down there’s an awful lot of him to hit the ground.

Back in the early days of his career, while riding for the HTC-Highroad team, Greipel suffered his worst crash, going over his handlebars and landing right on his eye socket.

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The big German required a couple of nights in hospital with a few stitches before he was allowed back to riding his bike, but there wasn’t any fear of getting back on two wheels.

With selection for the Vuelta a EspaƱa up for grabs, Greipel had to wait until his eye opened up again before getting back into the thick of the action.

Check back next Thursday when Katusha’s Alexander Kristoff shows us his scars.