It was a triumphant moment for the German sprinter, who added his 11th stage win to his Tour of Turkey highlights, but he was more impressed with his teammate Kris Boeckmans, who placed third on the day and showed phenomenal recovery from a horrific crash at the Vuelta a Espana last year.
"The team performance was quite impressive," Greipel said in a team press release. "It would have been nice as well if one of the teammates had won. Kris Boeckmans deserved it for sure as it was so impressive that he was part of the front group. It would have been emotional if he had won, but we stuck to the plan and I did the sprint."
Boeckmans and Greipel were among the six Lotto Soudal riders and two Team Roth riders that split off the front of stage 3 through strong crosswinds when echelons were forming.