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by Shane Stokes
August 22, 2017
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Following recent news that Louis Meintjes (currently UAE Team Emirates) and Julien Vermote (QuickStep Floors) will move to Team Dimension Data prior to the start of the 2018 season, a further reinforcement to the squad has been announced. Current Cannondale-Drapac rider Tom-Jelte Slagter will exit that squad after four years and will join the African team.
“I am very happy to join Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka for the next years,” the Dutchman said on Monday. “I had a great four years at my current team, Cannondale-Drapac, but I felt it was time for new challenges. Team Dimension Data has a wonderful vision and cause, and I think for me, with the performance goals the team has, it is the ideal team for me to achieve results and develop as a rider.”
Slagter gained widespread attention in 2013 when he won the Santos Tour Down Under. He then went on to win stages in races such as Paris-Nice, the Tour of Alberta and Haut Var. This year, he took the second stage of the Tour of Austria ahead of Team Dimension Data’s Mekseb Debesay.
The team stated that, at 28, it believes he has further room for improvement. “With numerous top 10 results to his name at the Ardennes classics, our African Team will look to support and inspire Slagter to a top result at these races which he has already shown a clear ability for.”
Head of Performance Rolf Aldag echoed this. “Tom has shown throughout his career that he can win bike races, but with the structures our team has and the support we offer, we believe that we can still help him to become a better rider and get the maximum out of his talent,” he explained. “The Ardennes classics and hard stages are his specialty, but he is even able to compete for the overall classification in short stage races.”