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Andre Greipel returns to WorldTour with Israel Cycling Academy

Joe Robinson
5 Nov 2019

German sprinter to add experience and speed to new WorldTour team

Veteran sprinter Andre Greipel will return to the WorldTour after signing a one-year deal with Israel Cycling Academy. The 37-year-old had become a free agent after terminating his contract with ProContinental team Arkea-Samsic at the beginning of October.

The German had struggled to perform for the French team, amassing only one victory in 2019, Stage 6 of the Tropicale Amissa Bongo in January.

This poor year and termination of contract sparked rumours that Greipel would end his career, however, it has transpired that he will now be returning to the WorldTour.

Israel Cycling Academy's signature of the 11-time Tour de France stage winner further shows the team's ambitions to make an impression in their debut season at cycling's highest level, having bought their licence from the outgoing Katusha-Alpecin team.

Talking on his new contract, Greipel said: 'I am looking forward for the challenge to perform on my highest level again together with team ICA, a project for the future with lots of motivated and talented riders.

'I followed the team and saw its fast evolution in the last few years, and I wanted to be part of that, especially with the chance to go back and race in the WorldTour.'

With 22 Grand Tour victories throughout his career and 13 seasons racing as part of the WorldTour, Greipel is among the most experienced men in the peloton, something that attracted Israel team manager Kjell Carlstrom to his signature.

'Greipel has such a vast palmares from his years in the sport up to date that we are honoured to have him join the team,' said Carlstrom.

'We are convinced that he can continue to win with us in 2020, but most importantly, the vast experience he brings to the team in both Classics and sprinters' races is going to be hugely appreciated both for the other riders as well as management.'