Wednesday July 4th, 2012

Stage 4Abbeville / Rouen

Start 12h25 GMT 2+

Greipel: I love my job

interview04.07.2012Stage 4- Abbeville / Rouen

The finish of the fourth stage of the 2012 Tour was marred by a crash with 2.6km to go but it didn't change the attitude of the winner. When he was told, «It is a very dangerous job», he smiled and said: «But I love my job.» He explains his emotions after his second win in this race...

“It's never easy to win a sprint at the Tour de France. And today was the same. It was top speed at the end and it was pretty stressful. We managed to avoid the crash because we were already in the front to prepare the lead-out and the guys did a perfect job to keep me up there and away from the dangerous areas. And it worked out perfectly – almost like we did it on Monday [in Tournai] – but today it all went our way.
“This is a really emotional victory. We have a new team with Lotto-Belisol and this is the first Tour de France for the team and for everyone involved – the riders and also the staff members – it's pretty emotional to get a win. It's that way for me as well but I just wish the whole team could come on the podium too.
“I have the best lead-out guys in the world all around me and they always support me and help me get the last out of myself. It was an incredible top speed already with Sieberg, Roelandts, Henderson and myself but I could finish it off and I'm really happy of course.
“The first goal was to win one stage. We've reached that goal and everything else will be a bonus. Of course we'll try for a second one. Crashes are never good and I really hope that everyone is okay.
“I've won a stage of the Tour de France so of course I'm really happy.”

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