In a brilliant World Cup final in Rudersdal/Denmark André Greipel from Hürth in Germany sprinted to win the bronze medal.
Even though the captain of the German squad did regret to have lost the opportunity of bringing rainbow jersey back to Germany for the first time in 45 years, André called this result a “great success”.
The 266km race was characterised by a hellish pace. Despite a crash on lap 12 coupled with technical trouble the German squad put on a really good show. “This is world class,” well-experienced Danilo Hondo complimented his team captain Greipel. “We have won a bronze medal and not lost gold,” as Jan Schaffrath, directeur sportif of the BDR team, points out. “To achieve a third place under these circumstances is absolutely fantastic”, Tony Martin said. He was one of the many riders who crashed on lap 12, 75km from the finish. The same was suffered by Christian Knees, who then lost contact and could not support André Greipel in the sprint finish.
André Greipel only had to admit defeat to Mark Cavendish of Great Britain and Australian Matthew Goss. “Cavendish is a worthy World Champion,” the 29-year-old André Greipel acknowledged after the race.
André Greipel’s Omega Pharma – Lotto team-mate Jurgen Roelandts finished in a very creditable 5th place. On the final 300 metres the Belgian stuck to the rear wheel of the later World Champion Mark Cavendish. “I tried everything in my power to stay behind him but I was squeezed in,” Roelandts explained. Thus, a fifth place was the best achievable result for the 26-year-old. “A real pitty. A victory was out of reach, but the podium sure wasn’t,” Jurgen Roelandts said.