Andre Greipel has backed Jonas Vingegaard for the Tour de France win.
Speaking to Cycling Weekly at Eurobike in Frankfurt the 11-time Tour stage winner, who turns 40 today, said Tadej Pogacar had shown he was “just a human being”, didn’t see a way back for the Slovenian and predicted that the fact Vingegaard has the backup of the powerful (and bigger) Jumbo-Visma team would be the defining factor.
“Pogacar is of course a super strong rider but Vingegaard is also strong and he has the strongest team around him,” said Greipel.
A Vingegaard victory was also clearly the German’s preferred outcome: “I think it’s just good for cycling if someone else wins.”
Greipel, who retired last year after a 15-year pro career and 158 wins, said he is not now involved in cycling other than as an investor in Classified, the makers of the electronic two-speed Powershift hub that replaces the front derailleur.
“Now I watch cycling like anybody else, just as a spectator.”
Does he miss racing? Greipel originally planned to hang up his wheels at the end of the 2022 season . “No, I don’t miss it,” he says firmly. I ride but I don’t know the numbers. You probably know better than me how many kilometres I do.”However, Greipel had brought his bike with him to Frankfurt – his Israel Start-up Nation Factor team bike from 2021 – and he had been out on it. He also goes running and says he stays injury free “or I wouldn’t do it.”As an […]