Slagter wins Tour Down Under
Tom Jelte Slagter completed the final stage safely to take a landmark victory at the Tour Down Under - while Andre Greipel snatched a third stage win in Adelaide.
The young Dutchman (Blanco) simply had to stay safe to seal the ochre jersey and finished the 90-kilometre circuit with his 13-second advantage still intact ahead of Javier Moreno (Movistar) and a rejuvenated Geraint Thomas.
The Team Sky rider bounced back from disappointment on Saturday to propel himself two places up the leaderboard, claiming four seconds at the intermediate sprints with the help of his team-mates.
Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) was again unstoppable in the sprint, bringing up his 100th career victory as he held off Mark Renshaw (Blanco) and Team Sky's Edvald Boasson Hagen at the finish.
With a number of riders sitting close on the general classification and a maximum of 16 bonus seconds available on the road there was still plenty to play for over 20 laps of the now familiar 4.5km circuit.
Team Sky kept a tight grip on proceedings early on ahead of the first intermediate sprint on lap eight. When they arrived there the Welshman produced a great sprint, diving for the line to take the maximum three seconds.
A further second gained four laps later was enough for Thomas who gained a large clutch of WorldTour points in the process.
With the intermediate sprints in the book there was finally time for a break to stick, Jordan Kerby (Uni-SA), Blel Kadri (AG2R-La Mondiale) and Martin Kohler (BMC Racing), holding a slender advantage as the laps ticked off. Inevitably the sprinters' teams rallied, Team Sky and Lotto going head to head but in the final 200 metres there was no stopping Greipel.
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