CyclingQuotes.com uses cookies for statistics and targeting ads. This information is shared with third parties.
ACCEPT COOKIES » MORE INFO »

Every day we bring you more pro-cycling news

"Returning to racing is the next step and it's going to be a rivalry at the highest level right from a start, but it's going to be different than last year. That injury is still in my mind,” Slagter said.

Photo: Sirotti

EF PRO CYCLING

TEAM PROFILE
|
NEWS

PARIS - NICE

RACE PROFILE
|
NEWS

TOM-JELTE SLAGTER

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS
07.03.2015 @ 18:57 Posted by Aleksandra Górska

Tom-Jelte Slagter won two stages in last year's edition of the Paris-Nice and was agruably the strongest rider in the race, eventually taken by slightly overweight Carlos Betancur. The 25-year old Dutchman acknowledges, though, that it won't be possible to repeat such a brilliant performance this time around, after having his winter preparations derailed by a knee injury.

 

Explosive Slagter has exactly what it takes to excel on the Paris-Nice route, resembling a compilation of six one-day classics with an addition of a prologue and the traditional finale against the clock. The Cannondale-Garmin rider is aware, however, that being competitive against several in-form riders in his first race of the season is an illusion.

 

„My goals are not the same as last year. I had to do a massive work to catch up on my training, which makes it [repeating last year's performance] unachievable in such circumstances,” Slagter explained NU.nl. „Two stage victories would be unrealistic. It's just not going to happen.”

 

The 25-year old Dutchman revealed that a knee injury was a reason for his late debut in the 2015 season. Even though he doesn't expect himself to be competitive in his first race, he appreciated an opportunity to test himself against in-form riders and insists he would be ready for Ardennes classics.

 

„Fortunately I could train well in recent weeks, which allowed me to make up on a lost time. Returning to racing is the next step and it's going to be a rivalry at the highest level right from a start, but it's going to be different than last year. That injury is still in my mind.”

 

„I'm very excited and curious where I stand compared to the rest, who obviously have some racing in their legs. I should be in shape for Vuelta al Pais Vasco and the [Ardennes] classics. I like to think that I will,” he concluded.   

MORE NEWS:

VIEW SELECTED

Three reasons why cycling is one of the best ways to ex... 28.09.2020 @ 12:03Why do businesses use meeting room managers? 14.09.2020 @ 13:42Five things that you can do, if you want to gain more f... 20.08.2020 @ 15:38One for the road 09.06.2020 @ 15:25List of CyclingQuotes previews 07.05.2020 @ 13:20Blue Energy: room for all interests 26.08.2019 @ 12:56Get your daily dose of exercise at home 08.07.2019 @ 10:443 good advice to be able to afford your favorite bike 25.02.2019 @ 12:32Cycle through gorgeous landscapes 22.10.2018 @ 21:41Balance Your Economy and Diet and Start Saving Money 08.10.2018 @ 11:18Stay Safe: 3 Helmets That Can Keep Your Head Protected... 20.07.2018 @ 07:59Planning to bet on Tour De France - Bet types and strat... 24.05.2018 @ 14:18Basics of cycling betting 25.10.2017 @ 13:10Bauer moves to ORICA-SCOTT 28.08.2017 @ 10:45End of the road for CyclingQuotes 08.01.2017 @ 16:00Rui Costa confirms Giro participation 07.01.2017 @ 12:55Van Avermaet: I am not afraid of Sagan 07.01.2017 @ 09:45Unchanged course for E3 Harelbeke 07.01.2017 @ 09:32Jenner takes surprise win at Australian U23 Championships 07.01.2017 @ 08:53No replacement for Meersman at Fortuneo-Vital Concept 06.01.2017 @ 19:14Barguil with two goals in 2017 06.01.2017 @ 19:06More details about French Vuelta start emerges 06.01.2017 @ 14:16Kristoff to start season at Etoile de Besseges 06.01.2017 @ 14:10Ion Izagirre announces schedule for first year at Bahrain 06.01.2017 @ 12:40JLT Condor optimistic for Herald Sun Tour 06.01.2017 @ 09:19Haas leads Dimension Data trio in fight for Australian... 06.01.2017 @ 09:15Sagan spearheads Bora-hansgrohe at Tour Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:12Henao and Thomas lead Sky Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:09Bauer crowned New Zealand TT champion 06.01.2017 @ 08:33Van der Poel ready to defend Dutch title 05.01.2017 @ 21:00Pantano ambitious for first Tour with Trek 05.01.2017 @ 20:41Landa with new approach to the Giro 05.01.2017 @ 20:36Sunweb Development Team sign Goos and Zepuntke 05.01.2017 @ 20:27Dumoulin confirms Giro participation 05.01.2017 @ 20:19Bauer targets victories in Quick-Step debut 05.01.2017 @ 20:16Gaviria and Boonen lead Quick-Step in San Juan 05.01.2017 @ 20:13Team Sunweb presented in Germany 05.01.2017 @ 20:09ASO take over major German WorldTour race 05.01.2017 @ 11:01Team Sunweb unveil new jersey 05.01.2017 @ 10:54Reactions from the Australian TT Championships 05.01.2017 @ 08:27Dennis defends Australian TT title 05.01.2017 @ 08:21Scotson takes back to back U23 TT titles in Australia 05.01.2017 @ 08:15Utrecht on track to host 2020 Vuelta 04.01.2017 @ 18:28Pre-season setback for Talansky 04.01.2017 @ 17:56Kristoff: It's not impossible for me to win in Rou... 04.01.2017 @ 17:49Boom close to first cyclo-cross win in LottoNL debut 04.01.2017 @ 17:40UAE Abu Dhabi make late signing of Arab rider 04.01.2017 @ 17:36UAE Abu Dhabi unveil new jersey 04.01.2017 @ 17:30BMC unveil race schedule 04.01.2017 @ 17:21Androni sign Costa Rican super talent 04.01.2017 @ 17:13Lampre leave the peloton 04.01.2017 @ 17:03Nibali to skip the classics 04.01.2017 @ 16:58Kolobnev announces retirement 04.01.2017 @ 15:08Young Dimension Data team targets third consecutive win... 04.01.2017 @ 14:01Vakoc leads Quick-Step at Tour Down Under 04.01.2017 @ 13:58

Currently no news in this list

Silas Zacharias CLEMMENSEN
24 years | today
Amin CHEHRZAD
37 years | today
Cedric PRIES
20 years | today
Alexander NORDHOFF
31 years | today
Flavio TASCA
27 years | today

© CyclingQuotes.com