Philipsen Sprints to Victory on Giro d’Italia U23 Stage 412. June 2017, Gabicce Mare (ITA) — Development Team
Jasper Philipsen added a stage win at the Giro d’Italia U23 to his growing palmares today after a final sprint for the line saw him punch the air with delight while Pavel Sivakov finished safely behind to successfully defend the yellow jersey.
With the pink jersey on the shoulders of Sivakov, BMC Development Team were setting the pace in the peloton and could control the gap to the early three-rider breakaway comfortably.
With 75km to go, the breakaway’s advantage had extended slightly to 4’30” when Tanguy Turgis and Pascal Eenkhoorn reacted quickly and increased the pace at the front of the bunch.
The gap began to fall steadily with BMC Development Team keeping calm as they approached the only categorized climb of the day, the Gabicce Monte, with 20km to go.
As the began a high-speed descent towards the finish, the gap was sitting inside one minute but the peloton had been strung out along the road with only 25 riders left in the main bunch.
The final breakaway rider was eventually caught at the 4km to go marker before the race braced itself for a technical final sprint for the line.
Heading onto the finishing straight Jasper Philipsen found himself sitting in eighth position before a huge burst of acceleration saw him go clear to take the stage win.
Behind him, Sivakov finished safely in the reduced bunch to successfully defend the overall race lead. Sivakov also leads the Best Young Rider Classification while Tanguy Turgis is sitting at the top of the Points Classification.
The Winner’s Interview with Jasper Philipsen
Congratulations, Jasper. How are you feeling after today’s win?
“I am really happy with today’s win. It feels incredible to win here and I couldn’t have done it without the rest of the team. All of the guys have been so strong this week already so, this isn’t just a win for me but a win for everyone.”
Talk us through the final sprint.
“Going into the last corner, I was sitting in around eighth position. Aleksandr Riabushenko (Palazzago Soligo Amaru) then went early so I had to work hard to close the gap. I was still feeling good so I accelerated ahead of him and in the end, no one was able to match my speed. I came into this race feeling confident in my form but to win today feels really good.”
And looking ahead to the rest of the week?
“The main objective for us will be to defend the leader’s jersey with Pavel Sivakov. We have a strong team and we will do our best to keep him in pink. We will keep looking out for other opportunities but the most important thing will be to defend the overall race lead.”
Quotes from the Finish Line
“Today the team did an amazing job. It was really impressive. They controlled the whole race and it is incredible to have a team like that working for me. Now, it’s going to be up to me to be strong enough to keep the jersey but anything is possible. Tomorrow will be tough with a hard stage and the time trial which I think that will be decisive. I am feeling in good shape and we will see how it goes tomorrow.”
Sports Director, Klaas Lodewyck:
“Today was an incredible day for the team. We knew that we couldn't let more than six riders go clear as otherwise it would have been a really hard for the team to control. When the first group of thirteen riders made a move, the team, alongside SEG Racing Academy, worked hard to close the gap before three-rider breakaway eventually went clear. Tanguy Turgis and Pascal Eenkhoorn were pulling all day at the front controlling the race and it was only in the last 20km that Patrick Müller had to set the pace on the final 3km climb. Bram Welten, Pavel Sivakov and Jasper Philipsen could all stay with him before heading onto a fast descent towards the finish line.”
“For a rider in his first year, Jasper has been riding extremely well and produces results right from the beginning of the season. This was an incredible win for him and I am really happy at how this race has gone so far for the team. We have had three second places in a row and now a stage win plus we are currently leading the General Classification, the Best Young Rider Classification and the Points Classification. It is just a incredible feeling.”
Giro d’Italia U23
Stage 4: Forlì > Gabicce Mare, 155.5km
Top 3: 1. Jasper Philipsen (BMC Development Team) 2. Fabio Jakobsen (SEG Racing Academy) 3. Aleksandr Riabushenko (Palazzago Soligo Amaru)
BMC Development Team Top 3: 1. Jasper Philipsen 19. Pavel Sivakov 43. Patrick Müller