'I want to win but not at costs to another rider’s safety' - Philipsen apologises to Van Aert after Tour de France relegation

Second Belgian Jasper Philipsen of Alpecin-Deceuninck pictured at the final of stage 6 of the 2024 Tour de France cycling race, from Macon to Dijon, France (163,5 km) on Thursday 04 July 2024. The 111th edition of the Tour de France starts on Saturday 29 June and will finish in Nice, France on 21 July. BELGA PHOTO DAVID PINTENS (Photo by DAVID PINTENS / BELGA MAG / Belga via AFP) (Photo by DAVID PINTENS/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)
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Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Deceuninck) has apologised to Wout van Aert (Visma-Lease a Bike) after deviating in his sprint on stage 6 of the Tour de France, forcing his Belgian compatriot to brake in the final sprint to Dijon to avoid going into the barriers.

The defending green jersey winner at the Tour was relegated for his action in the flat finish after crossing the line in second behind Dylan Groenewegen (Jayco AlUla). His initial assessment was anger at himself for losing the stage, before finding out he had been relegated to 107th, fined 500CHF and lost more green jersey points.

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James Moultrie
News Writer

James Moultrie is a gold-standard NCTJ journalist who joined Cyclingnews as a News Writer in 2023 after originally contributing as a freelancer for eight months, during which time he also wrote for Eurosport, Rouleur and Cycling Weekly. Prior to joining the team he reported on races such as Paris-Roubaix and the Giro d’Italia Donne for Eurosport and has interviewed some of the sport’s top riders in Chloé Dygert, Lizzie Deignan and Wout van Aert. Outside of cycling, he spends the majority of his time watching other sports – rugby, football, cricket, and American Football to name a few.