Slagter retires to become tractor salesman

Tom-Jelte Slagter has put an end to his cycling career and will start next year as a representative of agricultural machinery in Groningen.

“After a career of 10 years as a professional cyclist, the time has come for me to take a new path and with a lot of ambition to focus on a new challenge. The past 10 years as a cyclist have been a great time in which I would not have missed anything. I will carry that with me forever, but now is the right time to say goodbye,” the 31-year-old cyclist wrote on his Instagram.

“I can also announce where my future lies, because I have signed a collaboration with @groenoord_bv in the position of representative agriculture machinery, in my beloved province of Groningen. I’m really looking forward to this new step and can’t wait to build on the future together. I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported and followed me during my cycling career.”

Slagter started his professional cycling career at Rabobank in 2011. In 2013, the native Groninger booked his first major victory in the Tour Down Under, where he managed to win a stage and the final classification.

In 2014 Slagter made the switch to the Garmin team. In his first season with the formation of Jonathan Vaughters, he immediately impressed with two stage victories in Paris-Nice, a fifth place in the Flèche Wallonne and a sixth place in Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

From 2018 to 2019, Slagter rode with Dimension Data, but he did not achieve anymore great results there – apart from a third place in the Tour Down Under.

This season he rode a few more races for B&B Hotels – Vital Concept, but he was not included in the selection for the Tour de France by the French team.

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