Dutchman Slagter wins Tour Down Under title
Andre Greipel grabbed his 100th career win and unheralded young Dutchman Tom Jelte-Slagter his first major victory as the Tour Down Under came to an end tonight.
Greipel, thanks to another textbook lead out from his Lotto Belisol team mates including New Zealand's Greg Henderson, claimed his third stage win of this year's race during the final stage, to go with his win in the prologue on Sunday.
Now with a combined 14 stage wins, no other rider has won more stages at the Adelaide World Tour Event than the big German.
Jelte-Slagter began the stage with a small but significant margin over a quality field and needed only to stay out of the trouble on the tight 20-lap city circuit to make sure he would head back to Holland with the ochre jersey.
''When I won at Stirling it was really amazing and I thought there was maybe a bit of luck too, but this week I am the strongest,'' The Team Blanco rider said.
''When I take the jersey it's really amazing. Our goal was for me, and Wilco Kelderman, to do top 10, and I win and he is (eighth) _ it's the best we can wish. I'm really proud to show this team to the world and go away with the victory. It's really nice."
Spain's Javier Moreno was second overall, 17sec down, with Olympic team pursuit gold medallist Geraint Thomas third at 25sec.
A neat bit of bike control after clipping a corner during the final stage earned New Zealander George Bennett a spot on the highlights reel and the Radioshack Leopard Trek rider also finished fifth behind Slagter in the young rider standings, 10th in the King of the Mountains, and 15th overall.
Compatriot Jack Bauer had to assume added responsibility in his Garmin Sharp team after Adelaide local Rohan Dennis was ruled out of his home race after being diagnosed with viral meningitis.
He finished the race as the leading New Zealander, in 11th place overall.
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