January 27, 2013 / 8:18 AM / 5 years ago

Slagter wins Tour Down Under, Greipel pedals to milestone

(Reuters) - Dutch cyclist Tom-Jelte Slagter won the overall title at the Tour Down Under on Sunday for his first major victory as Germant sprint ace Andre Greipel claimed the final stage in Adelaide for his 100th career win.

Slagter entered the final stage with a 13-second cushion over Spaniard Javier Moreno and all he needed was to stay out of trouble.

The Dutch 23-year-old rookie did exactly that over the 90 kilometer city circuit to finish 17 seconds ahead of Moreno.

Olympic team pursuit gold medalist Geraint Thomas, who surrendered the overall lead to Slagter on Saturday and slipped to the fifth place, was third, 25 seconds back.

Lotto-Beliso rider Greipel staved off Slagter’s Blanco team mate Mark Renshaw’s challenge to claim a record 14th Tour Down Under stage victory that came a week after his triumph at People’s Choice Classic.

Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; editing by Patrick Johnston

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