Tom Slagter wins 2013 Tour Down Under as Greipel takes final stage
Today's 90 kilometer final stage of the 2013 Santos Tour Down Under was decided in another bunch sprint in the streets of Adelaide where Team Lotto-Bellisol's André Greipel nailed his 100th professional victory after a tight sprint with Mark Renshaw of Team Blanco.
23-year-old Tom-Jelte Slagter (Blanco Pro Cycling) clinched the overall race victory by staying out of trouble in the final stage. Slagter won the general classification in 18 hours, 28 minutes and 32 seconds. Team Movistar's Javier Moreno secured the runner-up spot finishing 17 seconds behind Slagter, while Geraint Thomas (Team Sky Pro Cycling) took third overall, 25 seconds behind the race winner.
Slagter started the final day of racing with a 13 second lead after a strong performance in Saturday's stage in which he finished in 2nd position on Old Willunga Hill after stage winner Simon Gerrans of Team GreenEdge.
Slagter remained out of real danger of losing the overall race lead in the final stage through the streets of Adelaide though Thomas worked hard to regain lost ground in a never-give-up fashion.
Today's stage victory was the third of this year's Tour Down Under for German rider Greipel. Team Sky's Edvald Boasson Hagen finished third in the sprint.