Philipsen Sprints to Victory on Penultimate Day of Racing at Olympia’s Tour9. September 2017, Offenbeek (NED) — Development Team
Jasper Philipsen secured victory on the penultimate day of racing at Olympia’s Tour today after outmaneuvering and outsprinting the rest of the field in a hectic final sprint while Pascal Eenkhoorn finished safely in the bunch to hold onto the yellow jersey going into tomorrow’s final stage.
The race unfolded in a similar fashion to the previous few days with the peloton chasing down all of the early moves before, finally, allowing four riders to go clear after 35km, of the 129.1km course, and build up a manageable advantage of just over three minutes.
With BMC Development Team maintaining a comfortable position up at the front of the bunch, the chase began to heat up as the race reached the 50km to go mark and eventually the breakaway was within sight as the bell rang to mark the start of the final 10km circuit around Offenbeek.
Despite various attacks off the front of the peloton, the race was wide open heading under the flamme rouge before the final sprint was launched as Philipsen powered through the field, punching the air with delight as he secured victory on the line.
Meanwhile, after being protected by his BMC Development Team teammates all day, Pascal Eenkhoorn crossed the line safely to retain the yellow jersey ahead of Pavel Sivakov heading into tomorrow’s final stage.
The Winner’s Interview with Jasper Philipsen
Congratulations, Jasper. How do you feel after today's win?
"It was the last chance for the bunch sprint today, and it wasn't a super long stage today so when the race came back together, I was feeling good. Over the last few days I have felt like I had fast legs, but I had a little problem with the timing and positioning, but I have learned from this, and today everything went perfectly, and I could take the victory, so I am pretty happy."
You've been improving your results day by day, do you feel like your form is coming back after some time off racing?
'Definitely. This is my first race back after a bit of a break in August. I've been feeling good in training, and I have felt my condition coming back here, and with this stage win, I am happy with how I have been progressing."
And looking ahead to the end of the season?
"For me, the next goal is the UCI World Championships. I am starting to find my shape again so I am looking forward to going to Norway and I am feeling ready to race and will try to be competitive there."
Quotes From the Finish Line
"It was the perfect stage for us. We were able to relax a little in the peloton with other teams helping to control the race today. In the final, I helped with the final lead-out for Jasper Philipsen and Bram Welten, and we saw Jasper finish off the job. Tomorrow is the hardest stage, and I am looking forward to it. I think it could suit me and I am confident that I can finish the job for the team."
Sports Director, Klaas Lodewyck:
"It was a good day for us. Once the breakaway went clear, other teams started to control the race for a change, so we were able to sit up a little in the bunch and save some energy for the final. In the end, the guys made sure that the team was in a good position and we got the stage win. It was a great performance from Jasper Philipsen, he was strong today, plus the whole team did a good job. Looking ahead to tomorrow, we are still sitting first and second on the General Classification, so it is the perfect situation for us, and we will see what we can do."
Stage 5: Offenbeek > Offenbeek, 129.1km
Top 3: 1. Jasper Philipsen (BMC Development Team) 2. Patrick Van Der Duin (Baby-Dump Cycling Team) 3. Fabio Jakobsen (SEG Racing Academy)
BMC Development Team Top 3: 1. Jasper Philipsen 5. Bram Welten 10. Reto Müller