Jasper Philipsen Secures Overall Victory at Le Triptyque des Monts et Château2. April 2017, Chièvres (BEL) — Development Team
Jasper Philipsen secured overall victory at Le Triptyque des Monts et Château after taking the lead in the day's opening time trial before an excellent display of teamwork from BMC Development Team saw the Belgian rider successfully defend the leader's jersey over the final 97.7km stage.
The day opened with a 10.3km individual time trial which saw Philipsen move into the overall lead after posting a time of 12'58". This was enough to secure third on the stage, 3 seconds behind winner Neilson Powless (Axeon Hagens Berman) and was 24 seconds faster than the former race leader and Powless' teammate, Christopher Lawless.
Australian national U23 time trial champion, Callum Scotson also showed his strength, finishing ninth after setting a time of 13’03” over the short but sharp course.
With BMC Development Team leading the General Classification, attention quickly turned to the final 97.7km stage race.
It only took one kilometer for three riders to establish an advantage out on the course. BMC Development Team quickly took control at the front of the peloton and, despite another three riders joining the leading trio, the breakaway's advantage never reached beyond 50 seconds.
A tough cobbled climb, Cote de Beau-Site, saw the main bunch spread out along the road as riders battled for position and, after reassembling on the descent, the peloton was just 35 seconds behind the breakaway with 72km to go.
The breakaway grew again on the approach to the local laps as the chase from the peloton began to heat up with BMC Development Team once again leading the charge.
At this moment, Philipsen dropped back after suffering a puncture over the cobbled kilometer to the line. However, an excellent display of teamwork from Tanguy Turgis saw him quickly brought back into the main bunch.
The breakaway's advantage continued to fall as BMC Development Team were working hard to close the gap to the breakaway which included Eddie Dunbar (Axeon Hagens Berman), who, at the start of the stage, was just 13 seconds behind Philipsen.
At the start of the final lap the breakaway's advantage stood at 20 seconds and eventually, with just 2km to go, the chase was over and the race was heading for a bunch sprint.
In the end, it was Aksel Nõmella (Leopard Pro Cycling) who took the stage win with Philipsen finishing fourth to seal the overall victory and Scotson finishing safely in the bunch to maintain a top five position on the General Classification.
In the end, it was Aksel Nõmella (Leopard Pro Cycling) who took the stage win with Philipsen finishing fourth to seal the overall victory and Scotson crossing the line safely in the bunch to maintain a top five position on the General Classification.
Philipsen also took victory in the Best Young Rider and Points Classifications, while Marc Hirschi won the Mountain Classification after taking the lead on stage 1.
Winner's Interview with Jasper Philipsen
Congratulations on today’s overall victory, Jasper! Can you describe how you are feeling right now?
"I feel super happy. It’s a nice victory in my first year riding U23, but I couldn’t have done it alone. The team did a fantastic job, and this is a win for everyone.”
What was it like racing two stages on the same day?
"I was feeling really good on the time trial, and that showed as I was able to take the jersey. On the afternoon stage, I was feeling pretty empty after three hard stages already. I didn't know 97.7km could be so hard! I was struggling a little bit, but I was able to sit in the wheel of the guys. They were all riding so strong, and I am really proud of that. We just kept riding hard all day to chase down the breakaway, and we really showed how good we are as a team."
Were you worried when you had to stop for the wheel change?
“I wasn’t that worried about it as I knew the car was coming. I just tried to keep calm, and Tanguy Turgis did a fantastic job helping me back into the main bunch. I did get a little worried for a moment that we wouldn’t catch the breakaway, but we gave it everything we had.”
You will be back racing for the Belgian national team at Tour of Flanders U23 next weekend, does this win give you confidence going into that race?
"I think for next week, it was good to race here and I am certainly feeling confident at the moment. It showed me that I am good shape but also it gives me enough time to recover properly and be ready to race again. It will be a hard race but it will also be strange to race against some of my BMC Development Team teammates."
“Today was really hard especially with the time trial in the morning. On the stage race, there was a dangerous group in front, and we had to work all the time to control the peloton. Going onto the last lap, we were confident that we could close the gap and we did it all for the yellow jersey.”
“I am really pleased to win this jersey, but for me today, the Mountain Classification came second. It was all about working for the team and Jasper Philipsen. However, it is really nice to get the win and I am super happy that I could keep the jersey from stage 1.”
“We are here with a young team, and I think this has really motivated us and given us a lot of confidence for the future.”
Le Triptyque des Monts et Château
Stage 3a: Chièvres > Chièvres, 10.3km / ITT
Top 3: 1. Neilson Powless (Axeon Hagens Berman) 2. Eddie Dunbar (Axeon Hagens Berman)
BMC Development Team Top 3: 5. Jasper Philipsen 9. Callum Scotson 19. Marc Hirschi
Stage 3b: Ath > Chièvres, 97.7km
Top 3: 1. Aksel Nõmella (Leopard Pro Cycling) 2. Leon Rohde (DSU) 3. Christopher Lawless (Axeon Hagens Berman)
BMC Development Team Top 3: 4. Jasper Philipsen 23. Tanguy Turgis 54. Marc Hirschi
BMC Development Team Top 3 on GC: 1. Jasper Philipsen 5. Callum Scotson 12. Marc Hirschi