The moniker “Jasper Disaster” was given to Jasper Philipsen not too long ago.
Over the course of about seven days at the Visit de France, he has transformed into “Jasper The Expert,” ruling the runs effortlessly.
The Belgian rider got a full go-around of stages on Friday by guaranteeing one more mass run in Bordeaux. Mathieu van der Poel, Philipsen’s teammate on the Alpecin–Deceuninck team, expertly led him to the front, and Philipsen comfortably resisted a move by veteran sprinter Mark Cavendish.
Biniam Girmay finished the stage platform, and reigning champ Jonas Vingegaard kept the yellow pullover.
After winning two stages last year, Philipsen has won five mass sprints on the Tour in a row.
Philipsen stated, “If you told me this a week ago, I would think you were crazy, but so far it’s a dream for us, a dream Tour, and we just continue and hopefully we can add another one.” I think from now I’m focusing on Paris moreover.”
After that, he was a bit clumsy. What’s more, he likewise failed to remember a ton of things,” Kristoff told Het Laatste Nieuws. ” He then misplaced his shoes, forgot his sunglasses, or was unable to locate his toiletry bag. He frequently ended in disaster. The nickname was not meant to be mean, but rather as a joke.
When Cavendish took the lead in the finale, Philipsen did not make the same mistake. He calmly got back on his wheel and overtook Cavendish to deny the rider known as the “Manx Missile” a tour stage victory for the 35th time in his career.
Cavendish approached Merckx’s record of 34 successes on the 2021 Visit, 13 years after his most memorable achievement. Cavendish, who has always lost the Visit, dissimilar to five-time champion Merckx, will resign toward the finish of the time.
While second-place Tadej Pogacar conversed with Van der Poel on the long sections across the Landes forest, Vingegaard waved to television cameras and kissed fans. On an extremely hot day in southwestern France, Van der Poel and Philipsen put ice 3D shapes in their pullovers.
After their amazing duel over the recent days in the Pyrenees, Vingegaard and Pogacar were glad to rest their legs yet stay watchful in the last 30 kilometers when the race enlivened in front of the last run.
There was no significant changes in the overall characterization: The gap between Vingegaard and the two-time champion remained at 25 seconds. Jai Hindley remained in third place, missing the pace by 1 minute, 34 seconds.
At the beginning of the stage, it was not entirely clear whether the breakaway started by Simon Guglielmi, Nelson Oliveira, Mathieu Burgeaudeau, and Jonas Abrahamsen would expand, but no other rider appeared to be interested in joining their effort.
Given the stage’s profile, Guglielmi’s breakaway was dead from the start because it looked like he would be caught when the sprinters’ teams started the chase. Be that as it may, it put the French rider at the center of attention, with the pack riding at a relaxed speed until the middle run, with 82 kilometers left.
Guglielmi was gotten not too far off after Pierre Latour and Nans Peters got away from the pack in the pursuit. The two continued to exert themselves for some time after Guglielmi was knocked down, but they were ultimately swallowed.
Before the fight between Pogacar and Vingegaard resumes on Sunday during the ascent of the Puy de Dome, the hilly Stage 8 from Libourne to Limoges in central France could favor a breakaway.