Philipsen takes uphill sprint win on stage 2 at Belgium Tour

Jasper Philipsen won the sprint finish in Knokke-Heist to claim the second stage of Belgium Tour.

You can rewatch STAGE 2 HERE

Danny van Poppel (Bora-hansgrohe) and Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) completed the top three. Twenty-year-old Arnaud De Lie (Lotto Soudal) was fourth, with Fabio Jakobsen (Quick-Step) finishing seventh.

“It was a very hectic sprint. A lot of riders still had a lot of energy, so it was not easy to be in a good position,” Philipsen said. “This victory gives me courage with a view to the Tour de France. I’m in pretty good shape.”

“It’s nice to keep the leader’s jersey, although I might have preferred to ride in my own time trial suit. Tomorrow’s time trial is quite technical and also a good preparation for the Tour. I’m looking forward to it,” he said.

“We tried to control the race but a lot of guys used the bike paths and sidewalk. I think 90% follow the rules and don’t go there but others do. They always tell us they give out fines and disqualify them but then it almost never happens. I told them it is annoying. Theory should at least give them a time penalty.”


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