The number one team of 2009 is back at it-winning races on SCOTT bikes. Team HTC-Columbia has won the first stage of the first major race of the year, and promises to ride SCOTT bikes to the #1 spot in 2010.
January 19, 2010-HTC Columbia's Andre Greipel has repeated his performance of the last two years, winning the first stage and earning the 'ochre' leader's jersey of the Santos Tour Down Under. Greipel finished off the work of his teammates to win in a bunch sprint at the end of the 141km stage from Clare to Tanunda in South Australia.
"It's very nice to start the season this way," said a happy Greipel after the stage. 'We took control of the race and my teammates did a very good job to get me to the finish in good position."
"Tomorrow is another flat stage and could be another sprint," he added, "but after that we have a few hard stages which will be harder to control. However we have a strong team and we will try our best." www.highroadsports.com