Lotto Belisol: Greipel gets cramps in the final of Milan-Sanremo
It was a wet and cold edition of Milan-Sanremo. After 294 kilometers a group of twenty-five riders sprinted for victory. The Norwegian Alexander Kristoff was the fastest. André Greipel was also part of the group, but had cramps and fell out of top twenty.
Front group of seven
Early in the race a front group was formed with these seven riders: Barta, Boem, Bono, De Maar, Haas, Parrinello and Tjallingii. Their advantage raised up to ten and a half minute. On the Passo del Turchino, where there even fell hail out of the sky, the peloton came closer and passed the top seven minutes after the leaders. Next the escapees got dropped in front one by one, because of bad luck or tiredness. After the Capo Berta Bono, De Maar and Tjallingii were left at the head of the race with about three minutes lead.
Greipel gets cramps in the final
Lotto Belisol led the peloton in the beginning of the Cipressa. Afterwards Cannondale took over. Vincenzo Nibali decided to take his chance and attacked on the climb. He reached the top twenty seconds behind race leaders De Maar and Tjallingii. In the descent the Italian passed them. Nibali began the Poggio with a small advantage and was caught soon. There were several attempts, but no one got away. A group of about 25 riders crossed the top together. André Greipel followed at one hundred meters. The German champion could return in the wheel of Jürgen Roelandts, but then he got cramps and couldn’t sprint. Alexander Kristoff won before Fabian Cancellara and Ben Swift.
Herman Frison, sports director: ” I have seen a very good team today, but it didn’t end with a strong result. On the Cipressa the team was very well represented in the peloton. The teamwork was perfect, the guys turned op the climb in front. Also on the Poggio they were on the front rows. Jürgen Roelandts was convinced that Greipel could win today, so he stayed with him. After the descent of the Poggio Roelandts wanted to take Greipel to the front, but that moment André got cramps. Then it was over unfortunately.”