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In 2009 Germany’s André Greipel crashed during the third stage of the Tour Down Under. He dislocating his shoulder and suffering a deep cut on his elbow, which required minor surgery. He didn't race a lot this season due to the injuries.

In 2008 the German won the race. Next year Greipel will return to the South Australian race as he was revealed in Columbia-HTC’s likely lineup. I guess he would want to try to win the race again and I guess the audience won't be sad to see him again. After all he is a great sprinter and it will be exciting to watch. If I was around then I would surely be there to see him.

“After Greipel’s mishap at the race this year we are pleased he will be back in South Australia,” said race director Mike Turtur. “History shows that our race is a great start to Greipel’s season. In 2008 he took overall victory and this year started with a stage win in the 2009 Tour Down Under, and continued a winning form all season, with four stage wins at the Vuelta and a total of 20 victories.”

Another Team Columbia cyclist who is excepted to be there is the current Australian Time Trial Champion Michael Rogers. He claimed the race’s overall victory in 2002.

The team's cyclist (from Australia) Mark Renshaw, will once again take part in the race. Also the team’s new signing Matthew Goss and Hayden Roulston, from Australia and New Zealand, will be there.

“Hayden will be an asset to the team, being an accomplished track rider having won the silver medal in the men’s 4000m individual pursuit and a bronze medal in the men’s 4000m team pursuit at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.” Said Turtur.

The expected team contains of André Greipel, Michael Roger, Bernhard Eisel, Mark Renshaw, Matthew Goss, Marcel Sieberg and Hayden Roulston.
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