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Slagter Wins Tour Down Under

Tom-Jelte Slagter (Blanco Pro Cycling) win Santos Tour Down UnderYoung Dutch rider Tom-Jelte Slagter (Blanco Pro Cycling) has taken the overall win at the 2013 Santos Tour Down Under, with Lotto-Belisolís Andrť Greipel claiming victory on the final stage. Having already won Stage 3 Ė his first ever UCIWorld Tour stage win Ė 23-year-old Slagter did enough through the final 90km stage through the streets of Adelaide to nail the general classification in 18hours, 28minutes and 32seconds; Movistarís Javier Moreno took the second podium place (+17 seconds) and Team Skyís Geraint Thomas took third on +25seconds.

 

Having dropped potentially from contention on the penultimate stage, Thomas fought hard across Sundayís closing leg, aided by his teammates, to ensure a podium place. Speaking after the event the Welshman was quick to praise the squad: ĎWe didnít want to just give up and throw it away,” he said. “We knew there was one more day. Traditionally no one really bothers on a final stage like this but we were up for it. The boys rode unbelievable and did [the hard work] for me. The lead-out for the sprint was amazing. Iím not the best sprinter in the world and especially when Iím tired I donít have that much of a kick. I just followed Edvald and nabbed the points on the line.í