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Team Jumbo-Visma starts season in historic spot for Blanco Pro Cycling

Team Jumbo-Visma starts season in historic spot for Blanco Pro Cycling

"It may have been ten years since I won the Tour Down Under, but the memory is still very much alive", Slagter begins his story.…

Tuesday, Jan 17

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"It may have been ten years since I won the Tour Down Under, but the memory is still very much alive", Slagter begins his story. In 2013, the former rider started his third season as a professional, and he is still enthusiastic about the victory from that year. "I still remember a lot from that edition. For me, those were immediately the biggest wins of my career, but it was also an incredible moment for the squad, also because of the circumstances."

Blanco Pro Cycling Team, now known as Team Jumbo-Visma, first entered the peloton in 2013. There were many uncertainties in the beginning. Slagter attests to that. "Blanco’s situation at the time was challenging, but I didn’t have much trouble with it. I was preparing for the Tour Down Under, which went really well. I wasn’t concerned about which sponsor might come next. Fortunately, I could push the troubles away from me."

"Tom-Jelte was in good shape when the race started, but it was unexpected that he rode so well."

The 31-year-old Kelderman was also in Australia and had been preparing with Slagter for the season ouverture. "I recall that Tom-Jelte and I had rented a house in Spain and spent a week training there. The Tour Down Under, which traditionally takes place as the opening race of the season, was a test for us. The staff wondered how long the team would endure. It made everyone extra motivated. Tom-Jelte was in good shape when the race started, but it was […]

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