Philipsen: "We have met our first goal"

The Belgian took the first sprint of the edition in Burgos, marked by a massive crash in the final kilometers. "It was a great job for the team."

Philipsen:-"We-have-met-our-first-goal"

“It's funny that we are having that aim and we had talked with the teammates that it would be perfect to continue the streak and also win the first La Vuelta sprint. First goal accomplished ”, Jasper Philipsen had a smile after winning the sprint of the second stage in the Burgos neighborhood of Gamonal. The Belgian was referring to the tremendous season that his team, the Alpecin-Fénix (23rd win this season), has been in, and specifically in the majors. They have achieved triumph in all three and, above all, in the first stages: Merlier won the 2nd of the Giro and Van der Poel and Merlier himself the 2nd and 3rd of the Tour. "It is true that the team is working very hard ... and you also have to have a bit of luck," acknowledged the Belgian sprinter, who also raised his arms in the 2020 edition, when he was still competing in the ranks of the UAE.

The truth is that the Alpecin, despite being in the second category of world cycling, behaves as if it were another World Tour. With a guaranteed place in the three-week races, they have a squad focused on winning. "We are a team that prepare very well for sprints and classics and the results are coming out," he said. And he gave a lot of value to his triumph because of the level of his rivals, including the recovered Fabio Jakobsen, who was second. “It is a joy to see him compete like this after the serious accident he suffered. He's in great shape and he's going to be a tough opponent in these kinds of arrivals, ”praised Philipsen.

Jakobsen: "I feel fine"

Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck) analyzed his performance in the second stage sprint, in which he finished second behind Jasper Philipsen: "I'm happy even though I did second. I had to come back and on the left side Philipsen It was faster. The previous crash did not affect me. There was poor communication in the car and we couldn't talk to each other, but we managed to reposition ourselves at the last corner in good position to sprint. It was a nervous finish with the wind. I lost a bit in the wind. final meters, but for the next few days I feel fine ".

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The truth is that the Alpecin, despite being in the second category of world cycling, behaves as if it were another World Tour. With a guaranteed place in the three-week races, they have a squad focused on winning. "We are a team that prepare very well for sprints and classics and the results are coming out," he says. And he gave a lot of value to his triumph because of the level of his rivals, including the recovered Fabio Jakobsen, who was second. “It is a joy to see him compete like this after the serious accident he suffered. He's in great shape and he's going to be a tough opponent in this kind of arrivals, ”praised Philipsen

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