After a streak of second places, Jasper Philipsen scored before rest day in Carcassonne. After a sprint, beat Wout van Aert and Mads Pedersen.
At Cahors, the fast guy from Alpecin-Deceuninck was undoubtedly hoping to win the second stage, but after a poor corner assessment, Christophe Laporte fell, after which the Jumbo-Visma rider solo took off to the victory stage.
“He then admitted he had made that mistake,” says national coach Sven Fanthurenhout at Viv Le Velo. “It might cost him a stage win, but he obviously made a move.”
“If you compare it to last season, there’s a little more horsepower under the hood. It came relatively fresh from the Alps and the Pyrenees and it shows.”
“I hope he can run again on the Champs-Elysees, but I’m sure there will be some stage wins in the coming years.”
For the World Cup in Leuven last fall, national coach Sven Vanthornhout often worked with another Belgian tastemaker on this tour, Wout van Aert.
“He is very strong and then of course you are always smarter. Van Aert has grown with the team and learned. Today he is a very competent rider in all areas. He is a very strong one-day rider and can also score in the Tours.”
According to Fantorenhout, it is very wise for Van Aert to give his colleagues freedom from time to time: “Given the opportunity in stages like today, he has someone like Laporte in his pocket.”
“At E3, for example, he can dictate that victory is his. This is also possible in a classic in the fall. Obviously, the team is working on that as well.”
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