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Lotto Belisol: Greipel and Sieberg extend their contract!
lotto650big André Greipel and Lotto Belisol have extended their agreement for two seasons. The fast German joined the team in 2011 and both parties are very satisfied about the cooperation, hence the new agreement. Since he arrived at the team he took 44 victories; he won ten of those this year, the Ronde van Zeeland Seaports being the most recent one. The biggest wins are of course the four stages in the Tour de France.

Also this year Greipel and the team will go for a stage win in the Tour. At Lotto Belisol André Greipel gets the support of a brilliant train. Marcel Sieberg, fellow countryman and good friend of Greipel, is an important part of it. Also Sibi signed for two more years.

Manager Marc Sergeant: “André Greipel is an indispensable part of the Lotto Belisol puzzle. For me a prolonged stay was a necessity. The vision of our team is to be a Belgian team, completed with foreign riders who give an added value and let us play a role on the highest level. The number of top sprinters is limited and in Belgium there are no sprinters of his calibre, so for me it was never an option that André would leave the team. I think André is very attached to the team and that the team very much appreciates André Greipel as a person and as a rider. His victories are like cement for the whole team. The fact that Marcel Sieberg extends his contract as well is logical. Both riders are almost all the time together on the road, they understand each other very well and Sieberg is an important link, for example in the sprint train.”

André Greipel: “For me there’s no better team than Lotto Belisol. Not many teams focus on the sprint. I find it important that the guys from my train stay as well, like Marcel Sieberg with whom I’m already riding together for many years and who’s a good friend. I don’t see him in another team than me. As well the team as I wanted to sign the agreement as soon as possible, now we can fully focus on the Tour.”

“The next race is in Berlin. I have trained much the past week, so possibly I’m not that explosive. We start with only six riders, that means we’ll have to work together with other teams to catch escapees. It’s a beautiful race in my home country. There is much history in this city and the race passes much monuments and finishes at the Brandenburger Tor.”

Marcel Sieberg: “There’s a good atmosphere in the team, we’re like a big family. It’s now my third year in this Belgian team and this extension shows they have faith in me. I’m working with André Greipel for more than five years now and we already know each other for a year of eighteen. It’s nice to help a friend on his way to a victory, but of course I like to support the other riders as well. I’m a team player and am happy with every victory of the team.”


 

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