Andre Greipel unwilling to target the Tour de France points classifications

Despite his remarkable performance at this year’s race, Andre Greipel has shown no interest towards targeting the Tour de France green jersey in the season ahead.

He fall 141 points behind this year’s points classification winner Peter Sagan who rode consistently throughout the three week race to restrict his major opponents.

Matthew Harley Goss of Team Orica GreenEdge finished third with 268 UCI points while former green jersey winner, Mark Cavendish claimed the fourth spot with 220 points in his bag.

“I like going for the stage wins and the points do count and you get the most at the finish line. Maybe if I have enough points from stage wins then maybe, but in the end it is the points for the stage win that is important to the team,” Greipel said while talking to Cyclingnews.

Greipel marked his professional debut with Team TEAG Team Köstritzer in 2002 and spent a period of three years with the side.

He joined Team Wiesenhof in 2005 and moved to Team T-Mobile through 2006-2010 before pledging his future to Team Omega Pharma in 2011.

The German will ride along the UCI World Tour debutant side, Team Lotto Belisol in 2013 where he will be supported by a strong team line-up.

He will face stiff challenge from Mark Cavendish who joined to his former side, Team Omega Pharma-Quickstep for three-years after ending terms with the British outfit, Team Sky.

Greipel and Cavendish rode together under the American side, Team HTC for several years and understand each other better than anyone else.

Mark is also a strong contender for the green jersey and the Tour de France stage victories and Andre must find a way to stop the Manxman at the Tour de France 2013.

“I want to do well in the classics and obviously there is also the Tour. If I win one stage at the Tour then I will be happy. This year I won three and it will be hard to do it better, but I would like to try,” he noted.

The 30-year-old will start his 2013 campaign at the Australian event Santos Tour Down Under on January 20 before heading to Belgium to ride the classics.