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by Shane Stokes
January 12, 2018
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Winner of the race overall five years ago, Tom Jelte Slagter will make his competitive debut with Team Dimension Data in the Santos Tour Down Under.
Slagter’s momentum has slowed in recent seasons but after the team change, he will hope to use the new start to get things back on track. “The Tour Down Under is great way to start the season with my new team. So far I am really happy with the team since we met in South Africa last year,” he said. “Everything has been great here as well with everyone working well together. Training has been going well too and it’s really nice to start the season here, in good weather.”
He will be joined by Mark Renshaw, Jaco Venter, Lachlan Morton, Ben O’Connor, Nic Dlamini and Scott Davies in the event. The latter two are making their pro debuts in the event.
“We have a motivated team, with some Australians who are normally in good shape for their home race,” Slagter continued. “We are here to race for the victory or at least the best possible result we can achieve. I have good memories from 2013 and I was here last year as well, so I think with this team we can do a really good and I am ready for it too.”
Team Dimension Data said that Slagter should be suited to the queen stage of the race and thus, potentially, to the overall classification. It also earmarked Morton and O’Connor as good options for the tougher stages, while it said that Renshaw has the speed to take podium finishes in sprint stages.