The German Biking Federation (BDR) introduced that 11-time Excursion de France level winner André Greipel will take over as their nationwide group trainer and sports activities director.
The 40-year-old takes over from Jens Zemke who become too busy together with his common task as sports activities director for the Bora-Hansgrohe males’s WorldTour group.
“When I used to be requested, I first requested for time to suppose prior to I accredited. That is totally new for me, a perfect problem,” Greipel stated in a BDR press liberate. “I am in point of fact having a look ahead to running with the athletes and need to get the most efficient out of them. The present technology is robust. To shape a group with them and pursue a not unusual objective and put into effect it effectively, that might be an exhilarating activity.”
Greipel will paintings carefully together with his former HTC teammate Marcus Burghardt, the federation’s vice chairman for pro sports activities, and lead the group on the UCI International Championships and Eu championships. He’s going to additionally assist choose groups at the side of Burghardt and Patrick Moster, who continues to be the federation’s sports activities director in spite of being despatched house from the Tokyo Olympic Video games for racist feedback.
“This was once the most efficient resolution lets in finding. André now not most effective brings an insane quantity of revel in to the desk, he’s additionally now not tied to any group and will due to this fact act freely and neutrally,” Burghardt stated.
“With André Greipel, now we have been in a position to recruit one of the a hit German cyclists for this place. Each Marcus Burghardt and André Greipel know the constructions of the federation really well. They’ve at all times been carefully related to the federation from their time as junior riders to their a hit skilled careers. With either one of them, we will observe a hit paths.”
Greipel retired from his a hit profession within the professional peloton in 2021, having accumulated 158 skilled victories together with level wins in all 3 Grand Excursions – 11 within the Excursion de France, seven within the Giro d’Italia and 4 within the Vuelta a España at the side of two total victories within the Excursion Down Below.