Philipsen Wins Le Triptyque des Monts et Château Stage 21. April 2017, Péronnes-lez-Antoing (BEL) — Development Team
Jasper Philipsen secured victory for BMC Development Team on Le Triptyque des Monts et Château stage 2 after a huge display of strength saw him win the final sprint for the line and move into second on the General Classification.
After chasing down multiple attacks over the first hour of racing, the peloton was all together when a crash quickly brought much of the main bunch to a halt.
Sam Dobbs, Mario Spengler, and Patrick Müller were all involved, but fortunately, all three riders escaped uninjured and were able to continue racing. With the number of riders involved, the race organizers took the decision to neutralize the race while the bunch was being reassembled.
Once the race was restarted at the 50km mark, attacks weren't far behind. But, the pace of the peloton saw them quickly chased down before twelve riders, including Philipsen and Tanguy Turgis, went clear on the approach to the first cobbled section of the day.
However as the race moved onto the first ascent of the short, sharp climb to Château d’Antoing, with just 20km to go, riders were spread out all across the road before the peloton eventually came back together on the final, 17.8km local lap.
On the summit of the second ascent of the cobbled climb, Callum Scotson made a move with another rider, forcing a reaction at the front of the main bunch. Eventually, a leading group of around 20 riders, including Philipsen, Müller, Scotson, Turgis and Marc Hirschi headed under the flamme rouge and towards a final battle for the line.
In the end, it was Philipsen who proved to be the strongest on the day as he launched a powerful sprint to take victory in Péronnes-lez-Antoing and move into second overall on the General Classification, two seconds behind race leader Christopher Lawless (Axeon Hagens Berman).
After taking more bonus seconds on the day’s caterogized climbs, Marc Hirschi keeps hold of the overall lead of the Mountain Classification while Philipsen also moved into the jersey of the Best Young Rider.
The race now heads into it's final day with a 10.3km individual time trial and a 97.7km stage to come on Sunday, April 2.
Winner’s Interview with Jasper Philipsen
Congratulations, Jasper! How are you feeling after today’s stage win?
“I feel super happy for both myself and the team to take the win here. After yesterday, we were really motivated to do better and to act like a real team. We really rode as a team all day and at the end, I said to the guys that I felt good and they gave me the chance to go for the sprint. I am extremely grateful for that, and I am happy that I was able to show that their faith in me was worth it.”
Talk us through the closing kilometers.
“On the last cobbled climb, the race had split a bit and on the top Callum Scotson attacked with another rider. This put us in a really good position as it was Axeon Hagens Berman who needed to control the chase and close the gap. If they had stayed in front, we had a chance to win, and if we all came back together, we would have riders to go for the win also."
“When the bunch was back together Tanguy Turgis, and March Hirschi put me in a really good position, and that helped me massively when I launched my sprint.”
Looking ahead to tomorrow’s stage and the time trial, how do you feel?
“I think we have an advantage as a team for the time trial tomorrow as we have a few really strong time trialists racing here. But, at a race like this, it is always a bit different as no one is feeling really fresh after two days racing. We are all motivated, and I will try to make the best of it and see what I can do now I am sitting second on the General Classification.”
Finally, your family was here at the finish to support you today. Did that give you extra motivation?
“It’s really nice that they are here to support me. I like the races in Belgium as they are normally close to me home so my family can come and watch me. That definitely gives me extra motivation and the drive to produce good results.”
Le Triptyque des Monts et Château
Stage 2: Frasnes-lez-Buissenal > Péronnes-lez-Antoing, 148.9km
Top 3: 1. Jasper Philipsen (BMC Development Team) 2. Milan Menten (Lotto-Soudal U23) 3. Maarten Van Trijp (Metec-TKH Continental Team C.T)
BMC Development Team Top 3: 1. Jasper Philipsen 6. Patrick Müller 15. Marc Hirschi