Dutch stalwart Tom-Jelte Slagter is hanging up his wheels on the finish of the 2020 season and reminding us simply how regular these superhuman athletes actually are.
As a result of, as he brings the curtain down on his biking profession, fairly than leaping within the workforce automobile as directeur sportif, slapping on some make-up to supply perception as a tv analyst or taking profitable sums of cash for appearances, Slagter goes into the standard world of tractor gross sales.
After 10 years within the professional peloton, the Dutchman determined it was time to tackle the position within the agriculture equipment division of GoreNoord, a significant seller of John Deere tractors primarily based within the Netherlands.
‘After a profession of 10 years as knowledgeable bike owner, the time has come for me to take a brand new path and with numerous ambition to concentrate on a brand new problem. The previous 10 years as a bike owner have been a good time through which I’d not have missed something. I’ll carry that with me endlessly, however now’s the proper time to say goodbye,’ Slagter wrote on his Instagram web page.
‘I also can announce the place my future lies, as a result of I’ve signed a collaboration with @groenoord_bv within the place of consultant agriculture equipment, in my beloved province of Groningen. I am actually trying ahead to this new step and may’t wait to construct on the longer term collectively. I wish to say an enormous thanks to everybody who has supported and adopted me throughout my biking profession.’
The 31-year-old was an above-average skilled bike owner since turning professional with Rabobank in 2011. He raced and accomplished all three Grand Excursions, took sixth on the 2015 Liege-Bastogne-Liege and even secured huge victories in his profession such because the 2013 Tour Down Beneath and two stage wins on the 2014 Paris-Good – beating future Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas in a two-up dash in a kind of wins.
He raced for prime groups in that point too – Rabobank, Garmin-Sharp, Dimension Information and B&B Lodges-Very important Idea.
However fairly than trudging away for just a few extra years within the ProTour peloton, Slagter desires to ‘be with the children’ and lead a standard life.
He now joins a protracted record of very succesful skilled cyclists who in retirement reminded us that it is vitally hardly ever an opportunity to relax and reminisce over your racing profession, most have to easily return to a standard life and regular job.
Paris-Roubaix and Tour of Flanders winner Peter van Petegem offers in insurance coverage in Gent, Tour de France stage winner Blel Kadri works in Decathlon in Toulouse as a motorcycle mechanic, Sean Yates turned a tree surgeon. Now Slagter sells John Deere tractors within the Netherlands.
A delicate reminder that regardless of how superhuman these athletes look on the bike, they’re all fairly human off it.