Cape Town - Tom-Jelte Slagter has signed
for Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka after spending the last four seasons with
the Cannondale-Drapac outfit.
Slagter's name first rose to prominence in 2013
when he won the Tour Down Under title.
As the Dutchman progressed to hone his
craft as a punchy rider, he went on to take stage wins at races like
Paris-Nice, Tour of Alberta and Haut Var.
Earlier this year he pipped our Mekseb
Debesay for the Stage 2 win at the Tour of Austria.
While Slagter has been a
consistent performer each season, Team Dimension Data believe the 28-year-old has
yet to reach his full potential.
With numerous top 10 results to his name at
the Ardennes classics, Team Dimension Data will look to support and inspire
Slagter to a top result at these races which he has already shown a clear
Tom-Jelte Slagter - Rider: I am very happy to join Team
Dimension Data for Qhubeka for the next years. I had a great 4 years at my
current team, Cannondale-Drapac, but I felt it was time for new challenges.
Team Dimension Data has a wonderful vision and cause, and I think for me, with
the performance goals the team has, it is the ideal team for me to achieve
results and develop as a rider.
Rolf Aldag - Head of
Performance: Tom has shown throughout his
career that he can win bike races, but with the structures our team has and the
support we offer, we believe that we can still help him to become a better
rider and get the maximum out of his talent. We are looking forward to welcome
him as one of our new team members. Tom is a very entertaining rider for the
fans, because he is an attacking and explosive type of rider. That makes him
very visible and a good ambassador for Qhubeka and Team Dimension Data. The
Ardennes classics and hard stages are his specialty, but he is even able to
compete for the overall classification in short stage races.