Updated: Monday, 31 March 2014 18:39 | By Agence France-Presse

Greipel sidelined from spring classics

German rider Andre Greipel has been ruled out of the remainder of the spring classics series with a collarbone injury, his Lotto team confirmed on Monday.

Greipel sidelined from spring classics

Germany's Andre Greipel celebrates as he crosses the finish line at the end of the sixth stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race between Aix-en-Provence and Montpellier on July 4, 2013 - by Jeff Pachoud

Greipel, 31, picked up the injury after falling eight kilometres from the finish line as he was challenging for Sunday's Gent-Wevelgem classic in Belgium.

"It's a tough blow for Andre and for the team," said Lotto manager Marc Sergeant. 

"He was our ticket for several races. In the Tour of Flanders and the Paris-Roubaix he could have done great support work for the team."

The Gent-Wevelgem was the second in the eight-race spring classics series.

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