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20.01.2008/ Team High Roads's Andre Greipel won todays Tour Dwon Under Classic today. Greipel outsprinted Australian riders Mark Renshaw (Credit Agricole) and Robbie McEwen (Silence-Lotto) who claimed second and third respectively.

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Andre Greipel during the 2006 Tour of Germany ( Cyclingheroes)

The result of todays Tour Down Under Classic does not count for the Tour Dwon Under general classification. The traditional crit at the Adelaide's beach side suburb of Glenelg was won by German rider Andre Greipel (Team High Road). Greipel outsprinted Australian riders Mark Renshaw (Credit Agricole) and Robbie McEwen (Silence-Lotto) after 25  laps on the 2 kilometres long circuit.

75.000 spectators saw Rabobank's Bram De Groot's attack in the first lap. De Groot crossed the line after the first lap in a time of 2 minutes and 50 seconds but was caught before the end of the second lap. High Roads Bernhard Eisel was the first rider who crossed the line after the second lap. In the third lap the pack stayed together. Not surprising as the race was getting faster and faster.

With 42 kilometres to go Simon Clarke (Unisa - Australia) attacked. Clarke is chased by Erki Putsep (Bouygues Telecom) and Christophe Mengin (Francaise Des Jeux), with the bunch only a few metres behind them. Clarke was caught but Putsep and Mengin continued their attack and grapped the first points after 5 laps.

Both riders were caught again after a furious chase by the peloton. With 34 kilometres to go Graeme Brown (Rabobank) and Bernhard Eisel (Team High Road) attacked and had a few hundred meters on the peloton. CSC's Stuart O' Grady didn't like it and was leading the chase of the peloton. Brown and Eisel were caught again by the bunch and with 32 kilometres to go Matt Wilson (Unisa - Australia) attacked with Philippe Gilbert (Francaise Des Jeux) and Adam Hansen (Team High Road). In the nervous and very fast race the bunch managed to snap the breakaway group again.

With 31 kilometres to go a nine man breakaway group attacked to get some points at the finish line. Heinrich Haussler won the second bonus sprint, with Adam Hansen (Team High Road) getting second and Philippe Gilbert on the third spot. After the riders grabbed their sprint points they were caught by the bunch again.  Attack after attack followed but Rabobank kept the pace very high for their sprinter, Australian rider Graeme Brown.

After 15 laps Jose Ivan Gutierrez (Caisse d'Epargne) won the third sprint for the points. Milram's Igor Astarloa grabbed the second spot and Allan Johansen (CSC) was third.

Credit Agricols's Laszlo Bodrogi attacked with 18 kilometres to go and the Hungarian time trial specialist managed to stay away witha lead of a few hundred meters. Bodrogi was caught again after Rabobank send 7 riders to the front of the bunch to lead the chase. With 10 kilometres to go the final points sprint was won by Andre Greipel (Team High Road) with Jose Ivan Gutierrez second, while Marcus Burghardt (Team High Road) grabbed the third spot.

Rabobank was still at the front of the bunch, clearly preparing a bunch sprint for Graeme Brwon. But with 6 kilometres to go Robbie McEwen (Silence-Lotto) was taking position at the front as well. Allan Davis also moved to the front of the bunch. With only 4 kilometres to go Xavier Florencio Cabre (Bouygues Telecom) and Jerome Pineau (Bouygues Telecom) broke Rabobank's train while Heinrich Haussler moves to the front as well.

At the final lap all sprinters were around the Rabobank riders and Graeme Brown opened the sprint with Mark Renshaw but it was High Road's Andre Greipel who came over and won the race.Renshaw came in second and Robbie McEwen came in third.

"It was a really big sprint, the last 50 metres were really hard, but I am happy," Greipel said. "It is why I am here. I started early training and I am happy to win."

Greipel added: "The Rabobank team had a little bit of bad luck on the last corner, so I tried to start my sprint and I thought 'okay, it's a headwind, but it doesn't matter - you have to be strong and sprint to the finish'."

Indeed Rabobank was unlucky, sports director Erik Dekker said: "I do not know who committed that mistake, but they let themselves get pushed to the side in the final corner, which then forced them to hit the brakes."

But in the end Dekker was satisfied with the performance of the Rabobank squad: "The  guys did very well. First, we had Bram's attack and then we basically rode a seven-men time trial. It is a very promising sign for next week."

Tour Down Under Classic
1 Andre Greipel (Ger) Team High Road                        1.09.20
2 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Credit Agricole                              
3 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Silence-Lotto                               
4 Allan Davis (Aus) Unisa - Australia                             
5 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne                   
6 Davide Vigano (Ita) Quick Step                                  
7 Denis Flahaut (Fra) Saunier Duval-Scott                         
8 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank                                    
9 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre                                   
10 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Gerolsteiner                               
11 Aurelien Clerc (Swi) Bouygues Telecom                          
12 Erki Putsep (Est) Bouygues Telecom                             
13 Rene Haselbacher (Aut) Astana                                  
14 Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Bouygues Telecom                  
15 Adam Hansen (Aus) Team High Road                               
16 Aitor Galdos Alonso (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                  
17 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank                                    
18 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale                           
19 Mario Aerts (Bel) Silence-Lotto                                
20 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Credit Agricole                        0.04
21 Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Silence-Lotto                              
22 Jan Robert Forster (Ger) Gerolsteiner                          
23 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Team High Road                          
24 Igor Astarloa Ascasibar (Spa) Team Milram                   0.07
25 Heinrich Friederich Haussler (Ger) Gerolsteiner                
26 William Walker (Aus) Rabobank                               0.12
27 Koen De Kort (Ned) Astana                                   0.13
28 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Credit Agricole                           0.16
29 Sebastien Portal (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone         
30 Christophe Kern (Fra) Credit Agricole                       0.23
31 Joan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne                    
32 Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun) Credit Agricole                           
33 Josep Jufre Pou (Spa) Saunier Duval-Scott                      
34 Mickael Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone           
35 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Francaise Des Jeux                      
36 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team Csc                                 
37 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale                         
38 Nicki Sorensen (Den) Team Csc                                  
39 Kjell Carlstrom (Fin) Liquigas                                 
40 Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas                                  
41 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                       
42 Jose Alberto Benitez Roman (Spa) Saunier Duval-Scott           
43 Paolo Fornaciari (Ita) Lampre                                  
44 Michael Albasini (Swi) Liquigas                                
45 Jean-Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone    0.27
46 Christophe Mengin (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                     
47 Dimitri Champion (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                        
48 Thomas Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner                            0.29
49 Dmytro Grabovskyy (Ukr) Quick Step                             
50 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Unisa - Australia                      
51 Benoit Joachim (Lux) Astana                                    
52 Stuart O’Grady (Aus) Team Csc                                  
53 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Team Csc                             
54 Emanuele Bindi (Ita) Lampre                                    
55 Jerome Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                        0.31
56 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi            
57 Martin Elmiger (Swi) Ag2R-La Mondiale                          
58 Wim Vansevenant (Bel) Silence-Lotto                            
59 Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence-Lotto                              
60 Pablo Lastras Garci (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne                     
61 Jose Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne            
62 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team High Road                        0.34
63 Julien Mazet (Fra) Astana                                      
64 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Unisa - Australia                      0.36
65 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Credit Agricole                            
66 Rick Flens (Ned) Rabobank                                      
67 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Credit Agricole                      
68 Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) Ag2R-La Mondiale                          
69 Andoni Lafuente (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                      
70 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) Liquigas                       0.39
71 Mauro Facci (Ita) Quick Step                                   
72 Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Lampre                                 
73 Alessandro Proni (Ita) Quick Step                              
74 Leonardo Scarselli (Ita) Quick Step                            
75 Jesus Del Nero Montes (Spa) Saunier Duval-Scott                
76 Enrico Poitschke (Ger) Team Milram                             
77 Jeremy Roy (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                            
78 Nicolas Crosbie (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                         
79 Renaud Dion (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale                             
80 Laurent Mangel (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale                          
81 Amael Moinard (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone            
82 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quick Step                            
83 Luke Roberts (Aus) Unisa - Australia                           
84 Simon Clarke (Aus) Unisa - Australia                           
85 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre                                 
86 Mickael Delage (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                        
87 Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Den) Team Csc                      
88 Jose Luis Rubiera Vigil (Spa) Astana                        0.44
89 Karl Menzies (Aus) Unisa - Australia                           
90 Dennis Haueisen (Ger) Team Milram                              
91 Kurt Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team Csc                            1.01
92 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team High Road                            
93 Scott Davis (Aus) Team High Road                               
94 Martin Muller (Ger) Team Milram                                
95 Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Silence-Lotto                             
96 Allan Johansen (Den) Team Csc                                  
97 Jon Bru Pascal (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                       
98 Ivan Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                 
99 Steve Morabito (Swi) Astana                                    
100 Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse D'Epargne                         
101 Richie Porte (Aus) Unisa - Australia                          
102 Matthias Russ (Ger) Gerolsteiner                              
103 Ruben Lobato Elvira (Spa) Saunier Duval-Scott                 
104 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Team Milram                             
105 Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank                                  
106 Volker Ordowski (Ger) Gerolsteiner                            
107 Theo Elltink (Ned) Rabobank                                   
108 Nick Gates (Aus) Silence-Lotto                                
109 Tom Stubbe (Bel) Francaise Des Jeux                           
110 Sergio Ghisalberti (Ita) Team Milram                          
111 Stephane Poulhies (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale                      
112 Christian Murro (Ita) Lampre                               1.11
113 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone         
114 Yann Huguet (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone             
115 Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Liquigas                            
116 Ivan Santaromita Villa (Ita) Liquigas                         
117 Nicolas Hartmann (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone        
118 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Caisse D'Epargne                      1.19
119 Carlo Westphal (Ger) Gerolsteiner                             
120 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne                  
121 Fabio Baldato (Ita) Lampre                                 1.31
122 Javier Aramendia Lorenti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi         1.34
123 Timothy Gudsell (NZl) Francaise Des Jeux                   1.55
DNF Elia Rigotto (Ita) Team Milram                                
DNF Aaron Kemps (Aus) Astana                                      
DNF Yoann Offredo (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                        
DNF Jan Boven (Ned) Rabobank                                      
DNF Iker Camano Ortuzar (Spa) Saunier Duval-Scott                 
DNS Evgeny Sokolov (Rus) Bouygues Telecom                         
DNS Greg Henderson (NZl) Team High Road                           
DNS Kevin Van Impe (Bel) Quick Step                               
DNS Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas                                 
DNS Arkaitz Duran Daroca (Spa) Saunier Duval-Scott

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