Philipsen pushing for success in Tour de France semi-flat stage on Sunday

NYBORG DENMARK JULY 02 Detail view of Jasper Philipsen of Belgium and Team AlpecinFenix prior to the 109th Tour de France 2022 Stage 2 a 2022km stage from Roskilde to Nyborg TDF2022 WorldTour on July 02 2022 in Nyborg Denmark Photo by Stuart FranklinGetty Images
Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Deceuninck) at the 2022 Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Deceuninck) says he has the form to go for a maiden Tour de France stage win in a bunch sprint this Sunday, but ensuring it actually happens in a race with very few opportunities for the fastmen is no easy matter.

The 24-year-old cites Friday's stage to Saint Etienne as a case in point where a lack of collaboration left the few sprinters teams still present in the front group unable to pull back the break. Finally, Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) won the move.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.