HTC-Columbia’s André Greipel will be one of the team’s star riders in the Tour of Britain, which starts on Saturday.
Already the winner of 18 races this season, most recently two stages in the Eneco Tour in August, Sports Director Brian Holm says the German sprinter is in great shape.
“Britain is a tough race to predict, because there are always a lot of breakaways,” said Holm. “But André has stayed on form since Eneco, when he was working really hard for [overall winner and teammate] Tony Martin, and at the same time winning sprints. Tony will be here to pull back breaks and close gaps, and then we’ve got a couple of guys – like Michael Albasini – to try and get into the moves if they look like they’ll stay away.”
“It’s always difficult to be certain where a week-long stage race like Britain will be decided, particularly where there’s no time trial. But we’ll make sure we keep a close eye on one or two of the other big teams to see what they’re doing, too. The important thing is not to get too stressed about it all. You tend to do better.”
HTC-Columbia for Tour of Britain: Michael Albasini (Swi); Bert Grabsch (Ger); André Greipel (Ger); Tony Martin (Ger); Marco Pinotti (Ita); Mark Renshaw (Aus).