Thursday July 5th, 2012

Stage 5Rouen / Saint-Quentin

Start 12h45 GMT 2+

Greipel: I just had some power left

interview05.07.2012Stage 5- Rouen / Saint-Quentin

He was almost taken out by a rider who crashed right in front of him with three kilometers to go in stage five, but André Greipel survived... and won his second successive stage in the Tour de France of 2012.

“Again I'm really, really happy. That was one of the hardest sprints I've ever done in my career. I don't know how I managed to get back up to the front group because somehow I could avoid the crash of Farrar. And then Henderson was waiting for me and the Lotto-Belisol train was working perfectly again. I think there was some good bike handling; you can see from the footage that Farrar did… well, I don't know what he did – if there is no space, you cannot get through a gap. But somehow I could stay on my bike even though both my feet were clipped out of the pedals. What can I say? It was just lucky.
“Avoiding crashes is a mix of luck and the efforts of my team-mates who try to make sure we are in the right place by riding in the front. “It cannot get better than this.
“The team set up the sprint for me and I just had some power left.
“On Monday the team already showed that we are there, that we are competitive and we can win no matter who is there. Today was a really nice sprint.”

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