Philipsen Secures BMC Development Team’s Final Victory at Paris-Tours U238. October 2017, Tours (FRA) — Development Team
Jasper Philipsen secured an emphatic victory at Paris-Tours U23 today after an impressive show of strength and determination saw him win the bunch sprint to the line in Tours.
After several early breakaway attempts, a ten-rider breakaway was eventually able to go clear, after almost 40km, of the 187.5km course, and built up an advantage that peaked at 4’20” with 100km of racing still to go.
BMC Development Team maintained a comfortable position in the bunch, with Jasper Philipsen well-protected by his teammates, as the chase heated up and the gap began to fall heading into the second half of the race.
With the gap down to inside 1’30”, Mario Spengler hit the front of the bunch, putting in a strong turn to pull the breakaway back with the catch finally being made inside 10km to go. Patrick Müller and Reto Müller then took control of the action at the front of the bunch, carefully guiding Philipsen into position, before swinging off the front with 400m to go.
Despite finding himself slightly blocked in when the sprint was launched, Philipsen’s strength and determination were clear as, after an impressive turn of speed, he powered through the field before punching the air with delight as he secured the final victory of the year for BMC Development Team.
The Winner’s Interview with Jasper Philipsen
Congratulations, Jasper. How do you feel after today's win?
"I feel great. It is a really nice feeling to win the final race for BMC Development Team. It's been a super season for the team, and I'm happy I could end the year with a win."
Talk us through today's race.
"We started here with four guys, so it wasn't going to be easy to control the race, so we gambled for a while as even though there was a big breakaway, we weren't too worried. The guys really trusted me which was great, and Patrick Müller and Mario Spengler started pulling with 25km to go because if we didn't do anything, the breakaway would most likely have stayed away. They did a great job, and I tried something on the last climb, but in the end, it all came back together. Patrick and Reto Müller were still there, and they put me in the perfect position, so I was happy to finish it off for the team. It was an amazing team performance."
You've had a great season. Can you sum up how it feels to finish the year off with a win?
"It's super. I have had some nice wins this year, and it's great to finish it off with another one here. It's been an amazing season for the team as a whole, and I have loved being part of BMC Development Team. I think there is still room for improvement, but I can't complain. I have made lots of improvements this year."
Quotes From the Finish Line
Sports Director, Klaas Lodewyck:
"We went into today's race with only four riders so we knew we would have to gamble a little bit. It was a long race, but we had Patrick Müller who has been riding as a stagiaire with BMC Racing Team as well as Jasper Philipsen, who was coming from the UCI World Championships and can handle the distance. We decided not to try to go in any of the early moves and instead we waited to see how the race developed. Although the breakaway was made up of ten riders, we weren't too worried, and we waited until around the final 20km to move up to the front. So, all day we were able to relax a little in the peloton. The guys did a great job at the front with Mario Spengler putting in a huge turn before the final climb, and then the others put Jasper into a great position, controlling the race right up to the final moment. Jasper was a little boxed in but he was still able to win the sprint. It was a perfect day for us and a perfect end to the year."
One-day race: Bonneval > Tours, 187.5km
Top 3: 1. Jasper Philipsen (BMC Development Team) 2.Milan Menten (Lotto-Soudal U23) 3. Gerben Thijssen (Lotto-Soudal U23)
BMC Development Team Top 3: 1. Jasper Philipsen 28. Reto Müller 33. Patrick Müller