Andre Greipel eyes Classics win and targets Paris-Roubaix and Ghent-Wevelgem
Last Updated: 11/12/13 2:25pm
Andre Greipel wants victory in a one-day Classic
Andre Greipel has made winning a Classic a priority for 2014 and has identified Paris-Roubaix and Ghent-Wevelgem as potential targets.
The 31-year-old German sprinter has won five stages at the Tour de France and four at the Vuelta a Espana during his career, but a triumph in a significant one-day race has so far eluded him.
Paris-Roubaix is geared more towards cobbled Classics specialists than sprinters, yet Greipel believes the punishing route can favour his style.
However, he ruled out the possibility of adding Milan-San Remo to his list of goals.
He said: "Because of the difficulty of Milan-San Remo, it is hard to aim for a result. But Ghent-Wevelgem is also a very beautiful race that has to lie within my possibilities. And winning Paris-Roubaix is normally a utopia, but the race does suit me."
As well as the Classics, Greipel also has one eye on the Tour de France and keeping his Lotto-Belisol team's win rate ticking over in other stage races.
He added: "In the Tour it is always our first goal to get a first stage win. Only then you can think about more.
"I have extended my contract, my train stayed and that is important for me. I'm happy here, otherwise I wouldn't have signed for a longer period. I want to keep taking the responsibility to give the team victories."