Earlier this year it was announced that Lotto Soudal sprint star Andre Greipel would not be racing the Santos Tour Down Under; a race that has become something of a tradition for the German in recent years. The partnership between Greg Henderson and Andre Greipel has been extremely productive in the last few seasons, with Greipel able to credit a great many of his wins to Henderson and the lead out train’s ability to position him just perfectly towards the finish. Since 2008 Greipel has won 16 stages of the Santos Tour Down Under; putting him head and shoulders above anybody else as the rider to have won the most stages in the race’s history.
This year though with the absence of ‘the gorilla’ who has chosen to ride a different programme in the run up to his big goals for the season, the team have opted to play a couple of different cards; although Henderson’s inclusion in the team – after injury forced him out last year – will provide a much needed experience factor.
Sport director Herman Frison said in a team statement, “We are aiming for a good overall general classification with any number of our riders, as all have the ability to make an impact on the race.”
Below is the full roster for Lotto Soudal’s Santos Tour Down Under team:
Thomas De Gendt
By: Ed Wright