Andre Greipel wins opening criterium of 2013 Tour Down Under

Andre Greipel easily outsprinted his rivals Sunday to win the Tour Down Under’s 30-mile criterium.

The German sprint star, riding for the Lotto Belisol team, claimed his third win in the criterium, which is raced over 10 laps of a course through parkland near downtown Adelaide. He went on to win the six-stage tour twice previously, in 2008 and 2010, beating a field including Lance Armstrong for his second victory.

The criterium does not count toward general classification in the Tour, which starts with an 85-mile stage Tuesday. Greipel does win the right to wear the tour leader’s ocher jersey.

Ron Callahan is the chief cook and bottlewasher at Bike World News, doing everything from website design to bike reviews.

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