Everything looked rosy for Jasper Phillipsen. Copain Mathieu van der Poel made the lead as he should, but the green jersey hesitated too long to opt for open water.
Philipsen was briefly jailed and had to compete against a somewhat unexpected opponent: Jordi Meeus knocked out a fellow trainee. You have to rely on your friends, but Jasper Philipsen showed himself great in defeat.
“It’s great for Jordy to win. It’s also very hard for him. He also suffered three weeks, like all mountain runners. To win today is a nice reward.”
Therefore, Phillipsen did not repeat the piece of art that he presented in Paris last year. “It was a different sprint than last year. I was really a lump in Matthew’s wheel.”
“I had two good legs, but they snapped a little bit at the end. It was a tough Tour and I got all the way to the legs. It didn’t matter too much, but Jordy definitely rode a very strong gallop.”
The point of the device may be missing, but of course Philipsen has completed a round of hell. Four stage wins and the green jersey.
“I think we can be very satisfied with the way the Tour has gone. Bringing the green is a dream come true. Still has to sink in a bit.”
“Whether I’m the best sprinter in the peloton? If you look at this Tour, I am. I’m just trying to keep working hard. Other goals will follow soon. I want to enjoy this Tour now and let it sink in for a while.”
The counter remained at an impressive number of 4 stage wins, but it would have been 6 or 7 for Philipsen.
“In the stage where Asgreen won, we could have a sprint. The trip after that we also came out short. But in the end we can be very happy with four wins. We certainly succeeded.”
Philipsen succeeds Green Award winner Wout van Aert. Two Belgians have won in a row the points classification, never under 42, from Rudi Bevenage and Freddy Martens.
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