Jasper Philipsen sprints to victory in Classic Brugge-De Panne

The new Milan-San Remo champion makes it two wins in four days

Jasper Philipsen wins Classic Brugge-De Panne 2024
(Image credit: Getty Images / Luc Claessen)

Newly crowned Milan-San Remo champion Jasper Philipsen sprinted to victory in the Classic Brugge-De Panne one-day race in Belgium on Wednesday afternoon.

The Alpecin-Deceuninck rider's second win in four days came at the end of a chaotic run-in to De Panne, with the whole bunch contesting the final kilometres over narrow farm roads and tight bends in the final kilometre of the 198km race.

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After cutting his teeth on local and national newspapers, James began at Cycling Weekly as a sub-editor in 2000 when the current office was literally all fields. 

Eventually becoming chief sub-editor, in 2016 he switched to the job of full-time writer, and covers news, racing and features.

A lifelong cyclist and cycling fan, James's racing days (and most of his fitness) are now behind him. But he still rides regularly, both on the road and on the gravelly stuff.