Saturday July 12th, 2014

Stage 8Tomblaine / Gérardmer La Mauselaine

Start 13h40 (Local time)

Tom Jelte-Slagter eyes Gerardmer stage

How was the first time ?11.07.2014Stage 8- Tomblaine / Gérardmer La Mauselaine

Winner of the 2013 Tour Down Under and two Paris-Nice stages this season, Tom-Jelte Slagter is one of the best-known and most promising debutants on the Tour de France this year.

At 25, he makes his Tour debut as a precious team-mate for Andrew Talansky in the Garmin Sharp team. But the Dutch all-rounder, both fast and comfortable in the hills, also has his own ambitions for this baptism of fire.

“My first objective was the second stage but unfortunately I didn't feel strong or confident enough on the day to go for the win, which was my only goal and we changed plans and decided to toughen the pace in the hills working for Andrew and it turned out well,” he told

“The other stage I pinned down is the one finishing in Gerardmer. Of course, the priority is to look after Andrew but if circumstances permit, the course suits me very well, I'm at my best in the mid-mountains,” he added.

The start of his very first Tour was one of the toughest in recent history. Everything in the race, is bigger, more intense.

“It's just the biggest cycling event in the world with the best teams and their nine best riders. Even in the race itself you can tell it's the highest level. I finished stage 2 really tired, my body hurt. I'm just hoping everyone felt the same.”

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