Slagter wins Tour Down Under

AFP-JIJI

Dutchman Tom-Jelte Slagter from Blanco Pro Cycling won the season-opening Tour Down Under on Sunday, securing his first title as a professional.

Slagter stayed out of trouble in the final 90-km stage through the streets of Adelaide to win the general classification in 18 hours, 28 minutes, 32 seconds, finishing 17 seconds ahead of Spaniard Javier Moreno and 25 clear of British rider Geraint Thomas.

The 23-year-old Slagter, a former speedskater who only took up cycling to stay fit during the summer months, was almost at a loss to describe his emotions after his victory.

“It’s really strange for me, I’d never won a race like this,” he said. “My first win was (on stage three) at Stirling and that I take the jersey now, it’s really amazing.

“I can’t believe it actually.”