Philipsen: There's no shame in being beaten by Cavendish

CHATEAUROUX FRANCE JULY 01 Mark Cavendish of The United Kingdom and Team Deceuninck QuickStep Green Points Jersey celebrates at arrival ahead of Jasper Philipsen of Belgium and Team AlpecinFenix during the 108th Tour de France 2021 Stage 6 a 1606km stage from Tours to Chteauroux LeTour TDF2021 on July 01 2021 in Chateauroux France Photo by Guillaume Horcajuelo PoolGetty Images
Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Fenix) alongside Tour de France stage 6 winner and leader in the green jersey competition, Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck-QuickStep) (Image credit: Guillaume Horcajuelo/Getty Images)

It was another day on the podium for Alpecin-Fenix sprinter Jasper Philipsen on stage 6, though the top step remained illusive, as even the perfect positioning wasn’t enough to stop a resurgent Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck-QuickStep) taking that spot for a second time at this year’s Tour de France.

That meant a second place for Philipsen, to add to his runner-up position behind teammate Tim Merlier on stage 3 and his third spot on stage 4, when Cavendish also won and Nacer Bouhanni (Arkéa Samsic) came second.

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