Greipel to lead Germany at World Championships


Andre Greipel has been named captain of Germany's six-man team for the Road World Championships in Qatar.

The event, which takes place in Doha next month, is suited to sprinters and Marcel Kittel has been handed a wildcard slot.

"I would like to thank those responsible for trusting me with the captaincy," said Greipel, an 11-time stage winner at the Tour de France. 

"With only six riders we are not the favourites, but if we all pull together we have a good chance."

The men's elite road race takes place on a 257.5-kilometre route that concludes at The Pearl of Qatar.

Full squad: 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).