This comes ahead of his debut road race at the UCI Road World Championships in the UK today.
Pritzen finished with a total time of 6:34:14, almost two minutes ahead of runner-up Louis Visser. David Maree completed the podium.
“I’m really happy about winning the Tour de Windhoek. Ever since I heard of the event it has been a race I’ve wanted to win because it’s like coming home each time I’m in Windhoek,” said the Windhoek-born Pritzen.
The OfficeGuru Racing rider said he knew he had good form for the tour and he expected to do well, but the end result was a pleasant surprise.
“I couldn’t have asked for more. It’s definitely an important win for me.”
Pritzen said the opening stage was tricky, with the wind playing a big part. From the beginning it was hard and in the gutter.
“We managed to split the race a couple of times, but the one move that stayed to the finish went at 55km. In the move was Chris Jooste, Louis, David, Dylan Girdlestone and me.
“I managed to win the stage in a sprint ahead of David and Louis.”
The second stage was a team time-trial which his team won.
“On stage three I was in contention for all the jerseys, so knowing this was a fairly short tour I tried to score consistent points throughout the stages.
“I attacked on the final climb and Louis was the only rider to follow me. We then went over the climb and he outsprinted me for the stage win.
“Louis and I were still on the same time, but with me having better stage results – first and second – and Louis third and first.”
He said the fourth stage was a battle for the points jersey in the criterium.
“My goal was again just to try and score some points in the sprints and retain my lead in the points competition.”
On the fifth and final stage, after the first hotspot, Maree had taken the lead in the points jersey so Pritzen just focused on trying to keep yellow. This meant finishing the stage ahead of Visser.
“I followed David when he attacked to go for the KOM points and then I managed to get away with him and Travis Stedman.
“We had about 40km remaining and with about 15km to go I managed to get rid of my two breakaway compatriots and rode solo to the finish and then also got the points on the finish line, which was enough to win the green jersey.”
Pritzen said a major challenge during the tour was trying to recover after each stage with so little time in between.
“It was the same for everyone though.”
He felt that this was a boost for him as he heads into the U23 race at the road world champs.
“This was definitely a confidence booster as it’s good knowing I’m going to worlds with good form.
“I’m excited to go and race with the best U23 cyclists in the world and also just to experience the whole vibe at the championships.”