Philipsen finally wins and aims for more: "We are growing in this Tour" Cycling

Philipsen finally wins and aims for more: "We are growing in this Tour"

Philipsen finally wins and aims for more: "We are growing in this Tour"

Jasper Philipsen finally hit the mark in the tenth stage of the Tour de France. After two second places and a disqualification (after another second place), last year’s sprint king convincingly won the stage. He was aided by an excellent lead-out from his teammate, Mathieu van der Poel.

"It's a relief," Philipsen began in the flash interview. "Last week wasn't great for us," he referred to the outcome of the previous three sprints. "We also had some bad luck. I'm very happy that we could show the strength of our sprint train. We finally did what we came here to do. It was a perfect performance from the team," the stage winner praised his teammates.

"We are all growing in this Tour," Philipsen continued. "Maybe we didn't start in our best form, but we all feel healthy and good. I'm very happy to start the second week with a stage win, and there are still a few beautiful stages to come," he said, looking ahead to the stages on Thursday and Friday.

Philipsen finally wins, but doesn't get much closer to Girmay

The long-awaited victory was mentally tough for Philipsen. "It was a tough week. There had already been three sprints, and we hadn’t won any. Today, we could finally do what we are here for. I am very grateful to the team for continuing to believe in me. They deserved this victory." Philipsen barely gained ground on Biniam Girmay in the points classification, who finished second behind the Belgian. "He is having a very strong Tour so far," said Philipsen. "He has a big lead. So, we are mainly focusing on winning another stage and seeing how far we can get," the green jersey is not a priority for the sprinter at the moment.

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