The world tour Cycling team Israel Start-Up Nation has extended the contract with 37-year-old German cyclist Andre Greipel for 2 years. Although Andre Greipel did not manage to perform much this season-after The tour Down under, in February, the rider fell during training and broke his shoulder, and then the season was stopped due to a pandemic. But Israel Start-Up Nation is confident that the signing of the German Sprinter is a big plus for the team.
Kjell Carlstrom, Manager of the Israel Start-Up Nation team: “Andre immediately showed himself as a rider with a great character and exceptional leadership qualities. We highly appreciate his experience, which he will pass on to others as a mentor. We are happy to see Andre Greipel stay with us until his career ends. With its help, we will be able to achieve great success.”
Andre Greipel: “to tell the truth, I expected the team management to offer me a 1-year contract. I am flattered and pleased that the team believes in me so much. It was easy for me to accept the offer, because I am fully ready to continue my career and help the team grow. From the first day I felt great in the team, it was the same both during races and outside of competitions.
I did not have the opportunity to play for the team for a full season, so when I was offered to stay, I, after consulting with my family, agreed. I still love performing. The team has a great atmosphere. We all share the responsibility to ensure that the team succeeds. Although the team is young and new on the World tour, they are professionals from A to Z. And I personally am ready to work.”
When asked about his age, Andre Greipel replied with a smile: “Actually, when I train with my young colleagues, they complain that we go too fast. I even have to restrain myself from driving at full speed, because I want to be fresh and ready for the season to resume. I can still produce results.”