January 16, 2018 / 11:12 AM / a year ago

Cycling: Greipel claims emotional Tour Down Under stage win

Cycling - Tour de France cycling race - The 113-km (70,4 miles) Stage 21 from Chantilly to Paris, France - 24/07/2016 - Lotto Soudal rider Andre Greipel of Germany wins on the finish line. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

(Reuters) - German Andre Greipel snatched his 148th professional victory when he claimed an emotional win in the Tour Down Under opening stage on Tuesday.

The Lotto-Soudal rider, whose mother died last month, edged past Australian Caleb Ewan with 50 meters left as world champion Peter Sagan of Slovakia took third place.

“I think my whole career is dedicated to her,” Greipel said of his mother.

Greipel now has one more professional career victory than Briton Mark Cavendish, who is not taking part in the first World Tour (elite) race of the season.

Reporting by Julien Pretot,; Editing by Ed Osmond

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