Andre Greipel, riding for the Lotto Belisol team, claimed his third win in the criterium.
Andre Greipel, riding for the Lotto Belisol team, claimed his third win in the criterium.
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ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) -- Andre Greipel easily outsprinted his rivals Sunday to win the Tour Down Under's 30-mile criterium.

The German sprint star, riding for the Lotto Belisol team, claimed his third win in the criterium, which is raced over 10 laps of a course through parkland near downtown Adelaide. He went on to win the six-stage tour twice previously, in 2008 and 2010, beating a field including Lance Armstrong for his second victory.

The criterium does not count toward general classification in the Tour, which starts with an 85-mile stage Tuesday. Greipel does win the right to wear the tour leader's ocher jersey.

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