Vuelta a España: Jasper Philipsen sprints to stage 2 victory

Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Fenix) claimed stage 2 of the Vuelta a España in a close sprint finish.

The Belgian managed to find a gap to the left of Juan Sebastian Molano (UAE Team Emirates), who began the sprint, and edged out Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-QuickStep) in second and Michael Matthews (BikeExchange) in third.

Alex Aranburu (Astana-PremierTech) managed to take some seconds at the intermediate sprint to reduce his deficit to Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma). But his fifth-place finish in the final sprint wasn’t enough to gain the time needed to unseat Roglic as overall leader. 

Despite expectations of wind, conditions were mild and the bunch remained together until with 4.2km to go when a crash saw several key riders, including Adam Yates, Jack Haig, and Hugh Carthy all lose over 30 seconds to overall leader Primoz Roglic (Jumbo Visma).

This was, however, a day for the sprinters to steal the headlines, and Philipsen took the glory.

Despite his Alpecin-Fenix team having numbers towards the front in the final kilometres, along with Deceuninck-QuickStep, it was UAE Team Emirates who seized control on the finishing straight, with Matteo Trentin at the front in the final few hundred metres.

Trentin had teammate Juan Sebastian Molano in his wheel, with Michael Matthews in Molano’s wheel, and both Philipsen and Jakobsen vying for Matthews’ wheel.

When Molano launched his sprint, both Matthews and Jakobsen targeted the wide space to his right to sprint into, while Philipsen went for the smaller space to his left.

The decision proved to be the right one, as Philipsen stormed past Molano, and edged Jakobsen into second, perhaps benefiting from the clearer line to the finish.

Although UAE Team Emirates ultimately lead out the sprint, Philipsen was full of praise for Alpecin-Fenix for keeping him well-positioned in the final kilometres. 

“It was amazing to see all my teammates there. Everybody was in the front line, so I had a lot of support from the team. This is how we can win sprints, and I think we did a really good job. Each of us can be very happy tonight," he said.

“This was the first big goal, and I’m already really happy that it worked out in the first sprint. Now we just go on and we try to get other ones, I think not only in the sprints, but on other terrains.” 

How it unfolded

The weather had been tipped to play a significant role in how this first road stage of the Vuelta a Espana panned out.

As expected, it was very hot, with temperatures in the mid-thirties, but the wind was not strong enough to affect the race. 

Consequently, the stage began in familiar, formulaic circumstances, with three riders from wildcard teams escaping up the road from the flag to form the day’s break: Diego Rubio (Burgos-BH), Sergio Martin (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) and Xabier Mikel Azparren (Euskaltel-Euskadi).

They were pinned at about two minutes by the peloton, although not from the work of race leader Primoz Roglic’s Jumbo-Visma, who took a back seat; but rather those of the sprinters, with Arnaud Demare’s Groupama-FDJ and Fabio Jakobsen’s Deceuninck-QuickStep sharing the bulk of the work. 

The peloton upped the pace slightly but noticeably about one-third of the way into the stage, presumably in anticipation of a change of direction, but eased off again the wind failed to blow, allowing the break’s lead to grow back up to around two-and-a-half minutes. 

The stage was not quite as nervous as many opening road stages of a Grand Tour are, but there was one crash 80km from the finish when Jay Vine (Alpecin-Fenix) went down. He appeared unhurt and was able to continue. 

Another increase in pace saw the gap come back down to under one minute, once again in anticipation of a change in direction 63km from the finish. Multiple teams vied to be at the front of the peloton, with Jumbo-Visma succeeding in leading around the corner, but the wind was still not strong enough for them to press on. 

The action was enough to bring the break’s advantage down to just 30 seconds, but the subsequent relaxation meant they were again allowed some leeway, and by 40km to go it was still at 1-40.

Groupama-FDJ took control of the peloton at this point, eager to keep Demare well-positioned and safe as the finale approached. 

The break broke up 32km from the finish, with Rubio riding away from Martin and Azparren, who were promptly swallowed up by the peloton. That gave Rubio a little more time out front, but his day too came to an end 20km from the finish.  

By now the peloton were battling for positioning in anticipation of an upcoming intermediate sprint, aware that bonus seconds and points classification points were on offer now that all the breakaway riders had been caught. 

Astana-PremierTech showed the most intent, hoping they could get some time and points for their man Alex Aranburu, who was second on both GC and the points classification. But he was edged out by Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-QuickStep) in the sprint, having to settle for second. 

With the intermediate sprint done, GC teams like Bahrain-Victorious and Ineos Grenadiers contested for position at the front of the peloton to keep their leaders safe. 

They were wise to do so, as a crash occurred 4.3km from the finish that held up plenty of riders. As it happened just outside of the 3km cut-off point, it also meant that anyone caught out would not be given a time reprieve.

Lots of Bora-Hansgrohe riders were seen on the floor, including Patrick Gamber and Jordi Meeus, with Adam Yates and several other riders all losing time.

After that, the sprinters teams came to the fore, with Deceuninck-QuickStep and Alpecin-Fenix both at the front for a sharp corner onto the straight, 1.7km finishing straight, on which Philipsen triumphed.

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Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jasper Philipsen (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix 3:58:57
2Fabio Jakobsen (Ned) Deceuninck-QuickStep
3Michael Matthews (Aus) Team BikeExchange
4Juan Sebastian Molano Benavides (Col) UAE Team Emirates
5Alex Aranburu Deba (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech
6Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
7Martin Laas (Est) Bora-Hansgrohe
8Riccardo Minali (Ita) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
9Florian Vermeersch (Bel) Lotto Soudal
10Piet Allegaert (Bel) Cofidis
11Antonio Jesus Soto Guirao (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
12Alberto Dainese (Ita) Team DSM
13Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Qhubeka NextHash
14Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
15Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
16Gotzon Martin Sanz (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
17Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana-Premier Tech
18Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team
19Lilian Calmejane (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team
20Matteo Trentin (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
21Felix Grossschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
22José Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team
23Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
24Sam Oomen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
25Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Movistar Team
26Itamar Einhorn (Isr) Israel Start-up Nation
27Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Ineos Grenadiers
28Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Ineos Grenadiers
29Egan Bernal Gomez (Col) Ineos Grenadiers
30Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team BikeExchange
31Nathan Van Hooydonck (Bel) Jumbo-Visma
32Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
33Primoz Roglic (Slo) Jumbo-Visma
34Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech
35Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar Team
36Andrea Bagioli (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep
37Robert Stannard (Aus) Team BikeExchange
38Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Team DSM
39Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep
40Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team
41Romain Bardet (Fra) Team DSM
42Sepp Kuss (USA) Jumbo-Visma
43Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates
44Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team
45Rémy Rochas (Fra) Cofidis
46Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech
47Geoffrey Bouchard (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team
48Clément Champoussin (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team
49Fabio Aru (Ita) Qhubeka NextHash
50Nicolas Prodhomme (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team
51Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
52Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe
53Aritz Bagües Kalparsoro (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
54Chad Haga (USA) Team DSM
55Gino Mäder (Swi) Bahrain Victorious
56Rudy Molard (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
57Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis
58Mauri Vansevenant (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep
59Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Bahrain Victorious
60Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech
61Mikaël Cherel (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team
62Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain Victorious
63Josef Cerny (Cze) Deceuninck-QuickStep
64Tobias Bayer (Aut) Alpecin-Fenix
65Alexander Krieger (Ger) Alpecin-Fenix
66Florian Senechal (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep
67Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Israel Start-up Nation
68Wesley Kreder (Ned) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
69Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Qhubeka NextHash
70Olivier Le Gac (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
71Rui Oliveira (Por) UAE Team Emirates
72Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Groupama-FDJ
73Steff Cras (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:00:24
74Maxim Van Gils (Bel) Lotto Soudal
75Koen Bouwman (Ned) Jumbo-Visma 0:00:31
76Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Team BikeExchange
77Adam Yates (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers
78Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Groupama-FDJ 0:00:36
79Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Israel Start-up Nation 0:00:38
80Davide Cimolai (Ita) Israel Start-up Nation
81Simon Carr (GBr) EF Education-Nippo
82Anton Palzer (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
83Nicholas Schultz (Aus) Team BikeExchange
84Damien Touze (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team
85Jan Tratnik (Slo) Bahrain Victorious
86Jack Haig (Aus) Bahrain Victorious
87Hugh Carthy (GBr) EF Education-Nippo
88Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
89Jetse Bol (Ned) Burgos-BH
90Wout Poels (Ned) Bahrain Victorious
91Jose Herrada (Spa) Cofidis
92Carlos Canal Blanco (Spa) Burgos-BH
93Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
94Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Spa) Team BikeExchange
95Mark Padun (Ukr) Bahrain Victorious
96Oier Lazkano Lopez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
97Jonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
98James Piccoli (Can) Israel Start-up Nation
99Mikel Iturria Segurola (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
100Sacha Modolo (Ita) Alpecin-Fenix
101Juan Pedro Lopez Perez (Spa) Trek-Segafredo
102Jay Vine (Aus) Alpecin-Fenix
103Jonathan Caicedo (Ecu) EF Education-Nippo
104Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Burgos-BH
105Sander Armée (Bel) Qhubeka NextHash
106Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
107Sylvain Moniquet (Bel) Lotto Soudal
108Julen Amezqueta Moreno (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
109Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
110Jan Hirt (Cze) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
111Fernando Barceló Aragon (Spa) Cofidis
112Eddy Fine (Fra) Cofidis
113Louis Meintjes (RSA) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
114Ander Okamika Bengoetxea (Spa) Burgos-BH
115Dylan Sunderland (Aus) Qhubeka NextHash
116Simone Petilli (Ita) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
117Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Trek-Segafredo
118Sergio Henao Montoya (Col) Qhubeka NextHash
119Jefferson Cepeda Ortiz (Ecu) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
120Rein Taaramäe (Est) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
121Jesus Herrada (Spa) Cofidis
122Pelayo Sanchez Mayo (Spa) Burgos-BH
123Antonio Nibali (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
124James Knox (GBr) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:00:50
125Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:00:52
126Omar Fraile Matarranz (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech 0:01:00
127Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Deceuninck-QuickStep
128David de la Cruz (Spa) UAE Team Emirates 0:01:11
129Rafal Majka (Pol) UAE Team Emirates
130Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Team BikeExchange 0:01:15
131Guy Niv (Isr) Israel Start-up Nation
132Thymen Arensman (Ned) Team DSM
133Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Ineos Grenadiers
134Edward Planckaert (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
135Jens Keukeleire (Bel) EF Education-Nippo 0:01:28
136Floris De Tier (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix 0:01:31
137Oscar Cabedo Carda (Spa) Burgos-BH
138Lawson Craddock (USA) EF Education-Nippo 0:01:36
139Magnus Cort (Den) EF Education-Nippo 0:01:57
140Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Qhubeka NextHash 0:02:10
141Yuriy Natarov (Kaz) Astana-Premier Tech 0:02:16
142Oscar Rodriguez Garaicoechea (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech
143Mikel Bizkarra Etxegibel (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
144Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bahrain Victorious
145Sergio Roman Martin Galan (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:02:29
146Emmanuel Morin (Fra) Cofidis
147Scott Thwaites (GBr) Alpecin-Fenix 0:02:33
148Kévin Geniets (Lux) Groupama-FDJ 0:02:35
149Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
150Ben Zwiehoff (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
151Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Movistar Team
152Robert Gesink (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
153Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team
154Johan Jacobs (Swi) Movistar Team
155Anthony Roux (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
156Damien Howson (Aus) Team BikeExchange
157Alvaro Cuadros Morata (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
158Connor Brown (NZl) Qhubeka NextHash
159Stan Dewulf (Bel) AG2R Citroën Team
160Diego Camargo Pineda (Col) EF Education-Nippo
161Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers
162Joan Bou Company (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
163Sebastian Berwick (Aus) Israel Start-up Nation
164Christopher Hamilton (Aus) Team DSM
165Michael Storer (Aus) Team DSM
166Andreas Kron (Den) Lotto Soudal
167Alex Kirsch (Lux) Trek-Segafredo
168Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Groupama-FDJ
169Matthew Holmes (GBr) Lotto Soudal
170Tom Scully (NZl) EF Education-Nippo
171Jhonatan Narvaez Prado (Ecu) Ineos Grenadiers 0:02:40
172Quinn Simmons (USA) Trek-Segafredo
173Joe Dombrowski (USA) UAE Team Emirates
174Harm Vanhoucke (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:03:10
175Ryan Gibbons (RSA) UAE Team Emirates
176Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Burgos-BH 0:04:11
177Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo
178Nico Denz (Ger) Team DSM 0:04:13
179Thomas Pidcock (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers 0:04:16
180Xabier Mikel Azparren Irurzun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:05:49
181Jordi Meeus (Bel) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:06:19
182Diego Rubio Hernandez (Spa) Burgos-BH 0:07:08
183Patrick Gamper (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:07:19
184Alexander Cataford (Can) Israel Start-up Nation 0:08:27
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Sprint 1 - Tardajos. Sprint Bonificado km. 150
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Fabio Jakobsen (Ned) Deceuninck-QuickStep 20
2Alex Aranburu Deba (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech 17
3Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep 15
4Omar Fraile Matarranz (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech 13
5Thomas Pidcock (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers 10
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Sprint 2 - Burgos. Gamonal km. 167
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jasper Philipsen (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix 50
2Fabio Jakobsen (Ned) Deceuninck-QuickStep 30
3Michael Matthews (Aus) Team BikeExchange 20
4Juan Sebastian Molano Benavides (Col) UAE Team Emirates 18
5Alex Aranburu Deba (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech 16
6Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 14
7Martin Laas (Est) Bora-Hansgrohe 12
8Riccardo Minali (Ita) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux 10
9Florian Vermeersch (Bel) Lotto Soudal 8
10Piet Allegaert (Bel) Cofidis 7
11Antonio Jesus Soto Guirao (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 6
12Alberto Dainese (Ita) Team DSM 5
13Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Qhubeka NextHash 4
14Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 3
15Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 2
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Young riders
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jasper Philipsen (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix 3:58:57
2Fabio Jakobsen (Ned) Deceuninck-QuickStep
3Florian Vermeersch (Bel) Lotto Soudal
4Alberto Dainese (Ita) Team DSM
5Gotzon Martin Sanz (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
6Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana-Premier Tech
7Itamar Einhorn (Isr) Israel Start-up Nation
8Egan Bernal Gomez (Col) Ineos Grenadiers
9Andrea Bagioli (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep
10Robert Stannard (Aus) Team BikeExchange
11Rémy Rochas (Fra) Cofidis
12Clément Champoussin (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team
13Nicolas Prodhomme (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team
14Gino Mäder (Swi) Bahrain Victorious
15Mauri Vansevenant (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep
16Tobias Bayer (Aut) Alpecin-Fenix
17Rui Oliveira (Por) UAE Team Emirates
18Steff Cras (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:00:24
19Maxim Van Gils (Bel) Lotto Soudal
20Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Team BikeExchange 0:00:31
21Simon Carr (GBr) EF Education-Nippo 0:00:38
22Damien Touze (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team
23Carlos Canal Blanco (Spa) Burgos-BH
24Mark Padun (Ukr) Bahrain Victorious
25Oier Lazkano Lopez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
26Juan Pedro Lopez Perez (Spa) Trek-Segafredo
27Sylvain Moniquet (Bel) Lotto Soudal
28Fernando Barceló Aragon (Spa) Cofidis
29Eddy Fine (Fra) Cofidis
30Dylan Sunderland (Aus) Qhubeka NextHash
31Jefferson Cepeda Ortiz (Ecu) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
32Pelayo Sanchez Mayo (Spa) Burgos-BH
33Thymen Arensman (Ned) Team DSM 0:01:15
34Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Ineos Grenadiers
35Yuriy Natarov (Kaz) Astana-Premier Tech 0:02:16
36Sergio Roman Martin Galan (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:02:29
37Kévin Geniets (Lux) Groupama-FDJ 0:02:35
38Johan Jacobs (Swi) Movistar Team
39Connor Brown (NZl) Qhubeka NextHash
40Stan Dewulf (Bel) AG2R Citroën Team
41Diego Camargo Pineda (Col) EF Education-Nippo
42Joan Bou Company (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
43Sebastian Berwick (Aus) Israel Start-up Nation
44Michael Storer (Aus) Team DSM
45Andreas Kron (Den) Lotto Soudal
46Jhonatan Narvaez Prado (Ecu) Ineos Grenadiers 0:02:40
47Quinn Simmons (USA) Trek-Segafredo
48Harm Vanhoucke (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:03:10
49Thomas Pidcock (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers 0:04:16
50Xabier Mikel Azparren Irurzun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:05:49
51Jordi Meeus (Bel) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:06:19
52Patrick Gamper (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:07:19
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Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Diego Rubio Hernandez (Spa) Burgos-BH
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Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Euskaltel-Euskadi 11:56:51
2Astana-Premier Tech
3UAE Team Emirates
4Team BikeExchange
7Movistar Team
8AG2R Citroën Team
9Ineos Grenadiers
11Team DSM
14Qhubeka NextHash
16Bahrain Victorious
17Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:00:38
18Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
19Israel Start-up Nation
20Lotto Soudal 0:00:48
21Trek-Segafredo 0:01:16
22EF Education-Nippo 0:01:54