Tour de France 2016 - André GREIPEL (LOTTO-SOUDAL)

André GREIPEL (LOTTO-SOUDAL) wins a stage at Tour de France 2016.

The ever formidable Andre Greipel will lead Germany in the UCI World Championships road race in Doha next month with compatriot and sprint rival Marcel Kittel alongside him.

Initially, Germany was expected to only feature one sprinter but managers Jan Schaffrath and Andreas Klier have chosen to take both to maximise their chances of success.

“I would like to thank those responsible for trusting me with the captaincy. With only six riders we are not the favourites, but if we all pull together we have a good chance,” Greipel said.

With Kittel reportedly given a free role in the team, Greipel may not be able to count on the help of all five of his teammate on the day, should the race come down to a bunch sprint in downtown Doha.

Marcel Kittel collects the trophy for his overall victory at the 2016 Dubai Tour (Dubai Tour)

Marcel Kittel collects the trophy for his overall victory at the 2016 Dubai Tour (Dubai Tour)

German squad for the 2016 World Championships (Six places)

John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin), Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal), Marcel Kittel (Etixx-Quick Step), Tony Martin (Etixx-Quick Step), Nils Politt (Katusha), Marcel Sieberg (Lotto-Soudal), Jasha Sutterlin (Movistar).
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